Thursday, March 24

Nick Watney: 'I've Never Had to Sit Out This Long ... It Stinks'

BACKS SURE ARE A PROBLEM on the circuit: Tiger Woods, Jason Day and, in case you haven't heard, Nick Watney.

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.

Watney is 34, which is hard to believe. It seems like it was just yesterday that he was a young gun and considered to be one of the game's next stars. He has five PGA Tour wins. His best finish in a major was a seventh in the 2010 Masters.

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


BrofessionalGolfer said...

Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer - all of them won majors after the age of 40 and none had significant back problems. The old school "wild" swing consisting of a knee knock and head tilt may have been the secret to longevity in golf.

The modern swing teachings preach still head and a more confined body tilt. It's definitely something worth investigating more!

The Armchair Golfer said...

I've been thinking similar thoughts about old vs. new swings.