According to an AP story by Doug Ferguson, Watney is out for the season due to a herniated disc in his lower back. He took a month off and thought he'd return for the Florida Swing, but the back isn't getting better.
''I just don't want it to turn into a chronic thing and have it every few years,'' he told Ferguson.
''I'm rehabbing. But I don't want to have surgery, and that's part of the reason I'm going to take the year off. I just want to rehab and get everything sorted out."
He added: ''I've never had to sit out this long, and so it stinks.''
The story tells how Watney is hanging around the house, changing diapers and watching basketball. It's starting to get to him, and he planned to visit the WGC-Dell Match Play this week to catch up with friends like Bill Haas.
On a personal note, I spent time with Nick Watney on a Pebble Beach outing in 2012. It included dinner at Clint Eastwood's restaurant in Carmel. Peter Jacobsen was also there. You would be hard-pressed to meet a nicer, more unassuming tour pro than Watney.
Dinner with Peter Jacobsen and Nick Watney