THE MASTERS 2014

  10 - 13 April

Nick Watney

Nick Watney: Finished in the top 20 in each of his first three Masters.

Nick Watney: Finished in the top 20 in each of his first three Masters.

When he closed with a stunning 65 to grab seventh place in the 2010 Masters, coach Butch Harmon declared that Watney would one day be a future champion at Augusta National.

Fact Box

  • Nick is a big fan of video games and plays Mario Kart online with some of his fellow pros.
  • His uncle Mike Watney was a PGA pro in the late 70's and is now a golf coach. He recruited Nick for Fresno State University.
  • He led the 2009 USPGA at Whistling Straits by three shots with a round to go but collapsed on Sunday, shooting an 81.

It looked as if 2011 could be the year after Watney started the campaign in superb form, capped by a victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the start of March.

But, despite pocketing top 20 finishes on this three previous Masters appearances, in 2011 he went flat. Watney couldn't break par in any of his four rounds and finished in tied 46th, one of the worst finishes of an ultra-consistent season.

However, that would appear to be a blip and it would be a surprise if the big-hitting Californian doesn't make an impact this time.

You could argue that Watney should be a major winner already having taken a three-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in 2010.

On that occasion he lost his rhythm, did everything too quickly and slumped to tied 18th after a closing 81.

Watney says he'd be much better prepared next time he puts himself in that situation and now he just needs the chance to prove it. Augusta could be the perfect stage.

Nick's Vital Stats

  • DOB: 25/04/1981
  • Nationality: United States
  • Height: 6ft 2