BMW Championship interview: Nick Watneytext sizeSeptember 16, 2013
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NICK WATNEY: Starting today, I figured I had maybe an outside shot, but there's so many good players ahead of me that I knew I'd need something special. I got off to a really good start, and then No. 8, still not quite sure what happened, but maybe a little loss of focus or something. So at that point I thought I'd have to really step on it to have any kind of chance. Even playing maybe on 14, I think Furyk was at 15 under. It never really entered my head until I saw going to 17 I was one back, and was able to make birdie there. So now I'm waiting it out.
Q. Really nice putt I thought on 18, as well, just slid right below the cup on you.
NICK WATNEY: Yeah, all you can ask for really is I would have loved to have hit it closer, obviously. But all you can ask for is a chance there, and I hit a good putt.
You know, I did all I can do, and now just wait and see what happens.
Q. I saw you watching the scoreboards out there today.
NICK WATNEY: Yeah, I was. I like to know where I'm at. I think it definitely helped on 17. It was really, really fun. I haven't been in this position for a while, and to get back in the heat is awesome.
Q. Is it a little strange to see yourself right at the top of the leaderboard?
NICK WATNEY: No, not strange. That's where we try to be. I knew I needed a big day, and I was a bit nervous just because I felt like there was a lot on the line. I got off to a really nice start, and hoping for a playoff.
Q. Will you go out there and watch some live or watch on TV?
NICK WATNEY: Yeah, I'll probably go inside and try to relax a little bit. I would assume that one of those two guys is going to make a birdie, but I guess you never know in this game. I would love a chance.
Q. Are you thinking at all about your FedExCup position, just trying to get inside that top 30?
NICK WATNEY: Yeah, that was definitely a goal starting this week. You know, starting the Playoffs I was well outside, and I knew you could move up quickly in this format, but to come in at I don't know what, 34 maybe, I knew I needed to have a good week. The guys ahead of me were ahead of me for a reason. They've been playing well all year. Luckily for me I kind of pulled everything together.
Q. Did you sneak a peek during the round in terms of your FedExCup projection?
NICK WATNEY: I mean, I kind of figured obviously I was aware of it to start the day for sure. But after I birdied the 13th hole, I kind of thought that I was going to make it to Atlanta. And then it was just about trying to make as many as I could to see if I could put a little pressure on those guys. Jim and Zach are two of the best wedge players we have, and 18 will be a wedge. Outside shot at it, but like I say, you never know, and I'd love a chance.
Q. Was it one of those days that you could just keep the pedal to the metal type of thing?
NICK WATNEY: Yeah, I did everything pretty well today. I drove it in a lot of fairways and putted really, really well. I'm excited. I'm really excited for next week, and I'd love to have a chance if those guys don't make a birdie.