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December 16 2012

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No. 23: Nick Watney

To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here.


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2013 PREVIEW: What was shaping up to be a relatively average season turned around quickly when Nick Watney won The Barclays and the unofficial CIMB Classic in his final seven starts. He'll likely be working on his putting, which slipped from 12th to 106th in strokes gained, during the offseason. His scoring average tumbled, too -- from fifth to 60th overall and 16th to 127th in the final round.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Watney's win at The Barclays helped stake the soft-spoken 31-year-old to a fourth-place finish in the FedExCup that was his highest ever. The Californian trailed Sergio Garcia by two strokes as the final round began and bolted to the top of the leaderboard with a 69 that secured a three-stroke win. His CIMB Classic victory was noteworthy, too, as Watney used a career-low 61 that included a bogey on the final hole to make up a four-stroke deficit. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: What a difficult year for Watney. His game did not come around until after the U.S. Open. It takes a lot of patience to endure six months of frustrating play. Watney broke though with a win at Barclays and I think will be in for a huge year in 2013. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Unhappy gamers must be kept in context. That he barely broke $3 million after a career year misses the point. He's one of the busiest top-shelf investments that finished the year off better than he started. Chalked up five top 10s and added an unofficial victory at the CIMB classic with a patented closing 61. He deserves a long look in salary games and an automatic bite in second rounds of rotisserie formats. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert


2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
49th

Final Playoffs ranking
4th

Best finishes 1
The Barclays
By the Numbers
Starts: 26
Cuts made: 23
Rounds played: 94
Top-10 finishes: 5
Money List rank: 22nd
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 36th
Driving accuracy: 134th
Greens in regulation: 58th
Strokes gained-putting: 106th
Scoring average: 60th

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