Watney grabs one-shot lead at Wyndham Championship

Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:39pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

GREENSBORO North Carolina (Reuters) - Nick Watney carded a five-under-par 65 to grab the lead after the third round at the Wyndham Championship on Saturday.

The American sank a 20-foot putt from the fringe at the last to edge one stroke clear of Canadian Brad Fritsch (65) atop a tightly-bunched leaderboard at Sedgefield.

Swede Freddie Jacobson (66) and halfway leader Heath Slocum (68) were two strokes off the pace while 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson was among a group of nine others within four shots.

Watney, 33, is a five-times winner on the PGA Tour but has struggled this season and is a lowly 110th on the tour's points standings.

He became a father in March and it took him a while to learn the art of time management. When he missed the cut by one stroke at the British Open in July, he knew it was time to take stock.

"I was really down," Watney told reporters, before addressing the subject of parenthood. "It's definitely been a learning process for me (and) time management is the biggest thing, wanting to be there for her and my wife and still try to become a good player.

"Some nights she's not going to sleep very much and I need to help out a little more (rather) than just after a round go home and watch TV and lay around."

Watney has made only one bogey all week, while Fritsch has not dropped a shot since a pair of bogeys on Thursday.   Continued...