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Watney wins AT&T National

Nick Watney continued to lead after parring the 10th hole during the final round of the AT&T National at Aronimink. Watney, who has won at Doral and Torrey Pines among his three career victories, shot a 3-under-par 32 on the front nine to take the lead.

Watney wins AT&T National

The guy in orange took home the trophy.

Not Rickie Fowler, who was, as always on a Sunday, dressed in orange from hat to shoes.

It was Nick Watney, who sported an orange shirt (white pants, however) and won the AT&T National at Aronimink, firing a final-round 4-under-par 66 to finish at 13-under 267, two clear of K.J. Choi, who shot 67 and finished alone in second at 11-under 269.

Aronimink will no longer host the event, which moves back to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., next year. The AT&T had been at Congressional for many years before its brief move to Aronimink in 2010 as Congressional was prepped for this year's U.S. Open.

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Watney, 30, won for the second time this year, having prevailed in March at Doral. He is now the leader in the clubhouse for player of the year, though he's yet to contend this year at a major. The British Open, the third major, will be played in two weeks at Royal St. George's. The PGA Championship will be in mid-August in Atlanta.

"It all goes back to the PGA last year," said Watney, who took a three-shot lead into the final round at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin only to shoot 81 on Sunday. "Definitely the moment got the best of me and I performed very badly.

"But I really feel like I learned a lot that week, especially Sunday, and I knew it was going to be a long, hard day."

Charles Howell III, Jeff Overton and Adam Scott tied for third at 9-under. Robert Allenby, who recorded a hole-in-one en route to a 65, was tied for sixth at 8-under with Chris Stroud.

Rickie Fowler, who started the day tied for the lead at 9-under and played in the final group with Watney and Choi, skied to a 4-over 74. He was only player among the top 22 who played Sunday's round over par. He remains winless as he plays in his second full season on the PGA Tour.

Choi was tied for the lead after a birdie on the par-3 14th, but he gave away his chance to win with a double bogey on the next hole.

MORE WATNEY:

On Aronimink: "I love this golf course, really. I played well here last year, and it's a bummer leaving."

On playing the final group: "I really do love to be in the last group and to play when it really matters. I think I'm getting more and more comfortable but I only have four wins."

On the state of American golf: "The Europeans are ranked ... the top four positions in the world, so that's no accident. They definitely earned it. And I guess the only solution for players who want to get to that position is to win tournaments."

On moving up to No. 10 in the Offical World Golf Rankings: "That was one of my goals at the beginning of the year, to try to get in the top 10. ... I'm very, very pleased, but I feel there's still work to be done."

--- Gary Potosky

 

UPDATE: Nick Watney (-13) won the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, PA. K.J. Choi (-11) finished second.

 

EARLIER: K.J. Choi birdied the par-3 14th, his third birdie on the back nine, to tie Nick Watney for the lead in the final round of the AT&T National at Aronimink. 

Choi began the day one shot behind Watney and Rickie Fowler, whose bad front nine knocked him out of contention. He was at 6-under at 14 holes.

Jeff Overton was at 10-under alone in third place while playing the par-3 17th hole. Charles Howell III was alone in fourth at 9-under with one hole to play.

-- Gary Potosky

 

EARLIER: Nick Watney continued to lead after parring the 10th hole during the final round of the AT&T National at Aronimink. Watney, who has won at Doral and Torrey Pines among his three career victories, shot a 3-under-par 32 on the front nine to take the lead.

Jeff Overton, who began the day at 6-under, was one shot back after a birdie on 12, was one shot back at 11-under. He also fired a 32 on the front nine.

Rickie Fowler's day never got going, and he was all but out of the picture as the final group -- Fowler, Watney and K.J. Choi -- teed off on 11. Fowler double-bogeyed No. 2 and after bogeys at 4 and 10 was at 5-under for the tournament, seven shots behind Watney with eight holes to play.

Fowler has not won as pro, now in his second full season on the PGA Tour. He entered Sunday's final round tied for the lead with Watney and a shot clear of Choi, who was at 9-under through 10 holes.

Robert Allenby, who had a hole-in-one on the 14th, and Charles Howell III were at 8-under. Bryce Molder, Chris Kirk, Webb Simpson and Adam Scott were at 7-under, with all players on the back nine.

--- Gary Potosky

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