Final Round Interview With:

Nick Watney

Sunday May 6, 2018

Q. Your thoughts about today's round.

NICK WATNEY: Obviously the thing that sticks out right now is making bogey on 15, just obviously a very disappointing tee shot. But I'm proud the way I hung in. And playing with Jason, I don't know what he's going to be ranked now, but he's been No. 1. Short game is incredible, so it was inspiring and I just want another shot.

Q. Can you talk about your emotions between 15 and doing what you did?

NICK WATNEY: I was definitely down, but at the same time I was 2 back with three to go at that point. So I mean, I would have taken that at the start of the week for sure, to be 2 back, three to go. Once I got the ball in the fairway there on 16, with the wind it was a wedge. And I birdied 18 yesterday, so I mean, you just never know. But I just wanted to keep my head down and finish strong and unfortunately it wasn't enough. I wish we could just keep going, I'm playing well and excited to play again.

Q. Can you talk about the exchange on 17 there when Jason hit that 7-iron? They both had a reaction, him and his caddie like it seemed like it was in the air forever. It was kind of like is that going to be good, oh, wait a minute, is that going to go over. What did he say to you, what were you guys chatting about on the way down?

NICK WATNEY: We were amazed how short that played. I'm pretty sure it was 225 and when he said 7, I was like -- or Tony, my caddie, told me he's got 7. I don't know if we were just blocked or not, but he said, he told me he was just trying to get it 10 over the bunker and kind of let it feed, and it flew at least halfway. Did it hit the flag? It hit the flag. So wow, what a shot. What can you say, 225, you hit the flag and make birdie is very impressive.

Q. You referenced Jason being a previous world No. 1. How much as a player do you guys look at that as a accomplishment?

NICK WATNEY: I think it's a huge accomplishment. I mean, over a two-year span -- you look at what Justin Thomas is doing and he's not No. 1. I mean it shows how difficult it is to get there. I think it's me having never been there. I mean, I think that would be a huge feather for anybody. I mean, it would be good to feel it, I guess. I look at it as quite an accomplishment, for sure. Two years of great golf.

Q. Do you compare it to maybe a major win or something like that?

NICK WATNEY: It's tough. I mean, it's tough to decide, to compare those two because certainly majors count a lot towards it. Most guys who have been there won majors. I don't know how to compare the two. They're both great, they're both goals of every golfer, really. You know, he's got both, so best of both worlds, I guess.

Q. I know you're disappointed in not coming away with a win, but still there's got to be a lot of positives to take from this week for you?

NICK WATNEY: Definitely, yeah. I felt like I've been playing well. I should say there have been pieces that have been really good and kind of put together my game a bit this week. To be in the heat, last group, you know, it was really fun just kind of remembering feelings that I had in the past and I absolutely love it. So I'm excited to try to get back again.

Q. When you do it on a course like this, which is close to a major championship, and Phil Mickelson just told us how much more difficult it is now than what it used to be, how does that play into your confidence factor?

NICK WATNEY: A lot. I mean, it's very demanding of pretty much every aspect of the game. So to play well, especially when I wanted to today and yesterday, I'm proud of that and my confidence is growing and I hope to, like I say, I hope to have another chance very soon.