What's In My Bag? Nick Watney

April 2008
Age: 26 / Lives: Las Vegas / Story: Won first PGA Tour title in April 2007 at Zurich Classic of New Orleans; Two-time All-American at Fresno State.
lofty pursuits
I know the driver pictured (left) is 10.5 degrees, but I was just experimenting. The driver I played in college was 9.5 degrees, but once I started getting fitted as a pro, I switched to 11.5, and that's what I mostly play. Yes, that's the highest-lofted driver played on tour. I don't necessarily get grief, but most guys are like, "An 11.5? That's like a 2-wood." But that's about all they say.
Getting Harmon-ized
I started working seriously with Butch Harmon in 2005. His eye is amazing. We almost never use video. Given who his dad was [1948 Masters champion Claude Harmon], it's like he has 70 years of experience. He used to walk with Ben Hogan during his practice rounds. He's worked with Tiger, Greg Norman and all these unbelievable players. I'm just trying to soak up as much as I can.
Masters qualifier
It was pretty tense in New Orleans when it became clear we were going to win and get to go to the Masters. I've been watching that tournament for as long as I can remember, and I'm just so excited about it.
Silver streak
My girlfriend's father gave me this 1964 silver quarter. I used it when I won at New Orleans, but I try not to use it every time.
Butch Harmon gave me this putter headcover, with the famous welcome sign outside Las Vegas.


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