He would never use it as an excuse, but it’s a little clearer that Nick Watney’s final round at the Deutsche Bank Championship perhaps was destined to be a tough one.
Watney played with a heavy heart, having learned of the death of his grandmother, Doris Maxine Mitchell, the day before.
Having shot level-par 71 Sunday to finish 54 holes at 8 under, Watney was just three off the lead when he was met by his wife, Amber. She delivered the bad news to Watney, who kept it to himself as he fulfilled his post-round media obligations.
Watney’s final-round 80 included an 11 at the par-5 second that included three penalty strokes – one for hitting his fourth shot in the hazard, two for grounding his club in the hazard while his ball technically was still in it.