Farmers Insurance Open interview: Nick Watney

January 27, 2013

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NICK WATNEY:  Trying to put as much pressure as I can on him.  I don't know what that will be.  But I guess we're going to go till dark tonight and see what we've got tomorrow morning.

Q.  You had a good stretch late on the front nine.
NICK WATNEY:  Yeah, I was kind of just treading water at the start, and then hit a nice little spurt thinking I had something going.
Unfortunately, not, but nothing to feel bad about, because we've got to turn around and go right back out.

Q.  Lot of golf left, obviously.

Q.  Do you watch the leaderboard at this point, or you know what's going on?
NICK WATNEY:  Probably not.  Not unless you get to 5‑ or 6‑under par, I think.  That's never happened before, but anything's possible, I guess.

Q.  Long day today?
NICK WATNEY:  It was a bit of a marathon.  I played two tournaments this year.  You know, I got 36 at Kapalua and 26 here.  So it's been a bit odd, but, overall, not a bad day.
I'm not sure how far back I am, but all we can do tomorrow is go out and try to make him think about it a little bit and see what happens.

Q.  You're 6‑back currently.  Is there any sort of strategy change?  How do you feel you'll go about your final 11 holes?
NICK WATNEY:  All I can do is I'm going to try to make as many birdies as I can.  I've got 11 and 12 that are tough, and hopefully, maybe he can help me out a little bit, I don't know.  But I can't just hand it to him, as a competitor.  So we'll come out and see how close we can get.

Q.  One more thing.  You're a California boy.  Tell me how the greens dealt with all of the rain and moisture today?  Because you made some fantastic par saves the last few holes.
NICK WATNEY:  Thank you, yeah.  They held up pretty well.  These greens are kind of a topic of a lot of conversation, usually.  But coming in, they were firm, so they held up pretty well until all of the moisture.