After Nick Watney signed for his 63, he looked giddy as he walked over to his fiancee, Amber Uresti, to give her a kiss before making the mandatory media rounds.
Watney was five-over through 36 holes and was playing in the second group on Saturday morning — meaning he was near the bottom of the Tour Championship leaderboard. After a slow start with two bogeys in the first five holes (yep, and he still shot seven-under!), it appeared it was going to be another tough day, but then he made change.
“I kind of found something on the 8th hole in the fairway with my setup, and then I was — I hadn’t made anything all week, so I just said, Chad, this is — he loves Bermuda grass, so from now on you read them and tell me where to hit it, and he read them great,” said Watney.
He started his run on No. 8 and birdied 9 of the last 11 holes on his way to posting the low round of the tournament and setting the back-nine record at East Lake with a seven-under 28. Asked how it ranked in terms of his low scores, he said, “I’d say it’s right up there. It’s one of the toughest courses we play, and this course hasn’t been too low all week. Definitely for nine holes, probably my best on Tour.”
The longest putt his fiancee Amber could remember him making was a 26-footer on No. 13. I caught up with Watney on 17 in time to watch him stick a beautiful shot from the fairway bunker on No. 17 to four feet.
I half-jokingly asked Amber if they did something different last night. She said, “He always plays well when we stay in.” They picked up Chick Fil A for dinner and watched the Giants game.
Maybe they’ll stay in again tonight.