Watney struggles at Memorial; Harmon notices
Nick Watney was 15 over for two rounds at the Memorial Tournament and is headed home earlier than he wished. Coach Butch Harmon is also ending some activity unexpectedly as a result.
The high score surprised many, but Harmon's take was equally surprising, as he posted via his Twitter account, @43BH, at 1:08 p.m.:
"Wow N Watney +15, didn’t see this coming. Must be having some personal problems."
Three minutes later at 1:11 p.m., Harmon posted again:
"Or some physical problems he can’t shoot that high"
Watney was shown the tweet later in the day and had little to say.
“Interesting,” Watney said coming out of the exercise facility at Muirfield Village. “No comment.”
Harmon spoke about the posts after the fact.
"It was a mistake on my part, I love the kid like a son," Harmon said remorsefully by cellphone. " I was more frustrated than anything for him that he played the way he played. When he was here last week, I'd never seen him hit it better. I didn't mean to offend anyone and look forward to working with Nick to get ready for Merion."
Harmon had echoed those thoughts in another Twitter post as well:
"Don't mean to upset all the Watney fans was just thinking out (loud) .Nick is like a son to me I love him .He will be fine by the US Open ."
Harmon chimed in via Twitter one more time Friday to say he wouldn't be using the social-media site anymore:
"Thank you to all of you who have chosen to follow me, but after a big mistake today I'm off twitter best to all . By By" – by evening his account was still active, with no further posts.
Watney will leave Muirfield Village without playing the weekend rounds for his third consecutive trip.
Having struggled early this year, Watney in three of the last four events he has shown signs of playing like his old self. He finished T-13 at the Masters, T-15 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and T-10 at the Wells Fargo Championship.
The top 10 in Charlotte was Watney’s first top-nine finish since the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego in February.
Since making the cut in his first three visits to the Memorial, Watney has now missed the cut in his last three visits.