You're kidding me with this guy, right? Nick Watney, sun-kissed son of California, 6'2" and 180 with tousled light-brown hair and a gait that makes him look as if he's bouncing down the fairway. Is he for real or a figment of Tim Finchem's imagination? Consider his 2011. Wins at Doral and Aronimink—set a course-record 62 at that second one—eight other top 10s, 16th in driving distance, seventh in putting, fifth in all-around ranking, third on the money list. Translation: He's long, he can putt, he can score. He's for real, all right.
The numbers haven't been there so far this year, but no matter. The old ball park at TPC Sawgrass is more about precision than power, more about second shots than putting, and that's where Watney's been living lately. He's 18th in greens in regulation. At 31, the guy is in his prime. More than that, he's due. You want a player for the Players? This is what a player looks like.
Blue eyes, bright smile, square jaw. It always helps if you can play yourself in the movie.
Lexus, because when you're a player, you can afford to be a playa as well.
Hugo Boss Hassley Pro, which are water resistant and have a special pocket for ball markers and one for tees. The flap on the back pocket is magnetic, so it stays closed but flips up easily. Nice touch.