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In truth, Watney didn’t give anyone much of a chance. He took the lead with a birdie on No. 2, and made a 20-footer for birdie on the par-5 fifth. He got up and down from a bunker for another birdie on the par-5 ninth. Still, keying the win were his clutch par saves. He made a 20-footer to save par on the fourth hole, saved par again on No. 7 by making a 12-footer, and made a crucial save on the difficult par-3 eighth hole. Watney’s tee shot was long but he recovered to hang on to his lead. “That was big not to drop a shot after hitting a good shot, and keep my momentum heading to the back nine,” Watney said.


“It’s a very addictive feeling to be out there and under the gun. To be able to hit good shots and putts is why I play, really.” – Nick Watney


Watney’s final challenger was Choi, who made up four strokes on the leader with birdies on Nos. 11, 12 and 14 to tie for the lead. “When I tied him on the 14th hole, I knew that


there were still a lot of holes to go, but I knew the remaining holes were more favorable to Nick,” Choi said. “I knew the 15th hole would be a turning point. That was a key hole and I missed it. So I think that was the turning point.” Watney’s win moved him atop the FedExCup standings and also made him the first player to reach the $4-million mark in 2011. “I’m overjoyed to be in here as the winner,” he


said. “It was a very difficult, long day. K.J. played great golf and he kept coming and coming. And that makes it even more rewarding.” ■


FINAL STANDINGS ROUNDS


PLAYER


Nick Watney K.J. Choi


Charles Howell III Jeff Overton Adam Scott


Robert Allenby Chris Stroud Chris Kirk


Bryce Molder Webb Simpson


POS 1


2


T3 T3 T3 T6 T6 T8 T8 T8


1


70 69 68 71 66 71 70 70 69 69


2


69 64 68 65 71 68 68 71 67 70


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62 69 69 68 66 68 66 63 68 67


4


66 67 66 67 68 65 68 69 69 70


Charity Link In addition to bringing exceptional golf to the


Philadelphia area, the 2011 AT&T National made an impact on the community through its charitable endeavors. The tournament raised funds and awareness for two youth-based organizations in the Philadelphia area: The Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, as well as continuing to support Tiger Woods Foundation programs.


How Was It Won? Nick Watney won the AT&T Championship with solid all-around play. ■ He was first in Strokes Gained-Putting (10.871). ■ He was second in Putts Per Round (27.8). ■ He ranked fourth in Driving Distance (320.7 yards).


■ He was 10th in Driving Accuracy (39 of 56). Powered by


Course Insight Congressional Country Club’s


Country Club Few courses in the United States can match Congressional


championship


history. Ken Venturi won the 1964 U.S. Open here, in one of the most dramatic final-day performances in the championship’s history. Ernie Els edged Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie at Congressional in 1997 for his second Open title and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy won the Open in 2011 with a record-setting performance. In addition, Dave Stockton won his second PGA Championship here in 1976. In preparation for last year’s Open, architect Rees


Jones made several changes to Congressional. He added 355 yards for a total length of 7,568 yards. Holes six and 16 became reachable par 5s. The former 18th hole was substantially changed and will play as the 10th hole while the former 17th—a demanding, downhill par 4—has been transformed into a great finishing hole.


TOTAL SCORE


267 269 271 271 271 272 272 273 273 273


OFFICIAL MONEY $1,116,000


$669,600 $322,400 $322,400 $322,400 $215,450 $215,450 $179,800 $179,800 $179,800


FEDEXCUP POINTS


500.00 300.00 145.00 145.00 145.00 95.00 95.00 80.00 80.00 80.00


Tournament Record 267, Tiger Woods, 2009 (Congressional); Nick Watney, 2011 (Aronimink)


Tournament 18-hole Record 62, Hunter Mahan, Anthony Kim, 2009


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