“I didn’t know it could possibly go in the water,” Mickelson said after a 71. “I think when I design golf courses, I try not to screw the player like that. I try to keep it a little bit fair, but those things happen.”
Fortunes can turn quickly, as Watney showed.
He was never in the hunt at Quail Hollow and never looked particularly happy, but he was grinning and laughing with swing coach Butch Harmon on the range and he came out firing.
“I was definitely disappointed, but I figured there were two ways to react — you either sulk about it or come here. I flew here Saturday, did a little bit of work Sunday, just figured I’d get on with it and use it as motivation,” Watney said.
He holed a 15-foot putt on the 10th hole, got up-and-down from the bunker on the par-5 11th and nearly holed his approach on the 12th. Then came the 14th, where Watney was caught in the large mounds right of the fairway. He chopped up one shot and three-putted from medium range for a double-bogey, then bounced back with a birdie on the next hole.
His highlight came on the par-5 second, when he holed out a bunker shot for eagle.
Glover also made birdie on his first hole, which doesn’t mean much over the course of four days, but meant plenty to him.
“Got things going,” Glover said. “Just the confidence from last week, from looking up and seeing the ball where I’m looking instead of not, and that’s been an issue.”