THE DOMINATOR: Nick Watney has no plans to leave Las Vegas for the North Shore, but one venture into some rather tiny waves was all it took for him to get hooked on surfing.
Watney was at The Players Championship in May when he tried surfing with his caddie, Chad Reynolds, and Adam Scott. Reynolds lives in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
“I caught about 10 waves,” Watney said, as proud of himself as if he had just won a tournament. “It could have been they were just being nice to me, but they said I did good for my first time.”
In October, his wife bought him a surf board for their first anniversary. Watney still had a flyer of the surfboard in his bag at the Australian Open. The name of the board: The Dominator.
Watney can’t wait for the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. He plans to go out to Hawaii early and catch some waves, although he hasn’t lost his common sense. He’ll start small and work his way up.
“It’s not like I’m going to the Pipeline or anything,” he said.
ASHES TO AUGUSTA: Jason Day said he plans to speak to officials at Augusta National about spreading some of his father’s ashes over the home of the Masters. Alvyn Day, who gave Jason his start in golf, died of cancer when Day was 12, and one of his final requests was that his son spread some of his ashes at Augusta National if Day were to ever played there.
The 24-year-old Day tied for second this year in his debut at the Masters, but he was not able to consider his father’s request because the ashes were at his mother’s home in Brisbane.
“It’s a plan but obviously if I don’t get clearance from Augusta, I am not going to do it,” Day said last week at the Australian PGA Championship. “That was one of my dad’s wishes and if I was allowed to do it, that would be great. Obviously, I know how the rules are at Augusta, it would be probably very unlikely, but we will see how it goes.”
RYDER CUP MEMORIES: It didn’t take long for Jose Maria Olazabal to get a taste of the Ryder Cup nerves, or what to expect from Seve Ballesteros as his partner.
Olazabal, the European captain for 2012 matches, recalls his first Ryder Cup in 1987 at Muirfield Village and “pretty much shaking like a leaf” on the putting green.
“Seve approached me and said, `Jose, you just play your game, I will take of the rest.’ And you know,” Olazabal said, “that somehow calmed me down a little bit.”
It took only one day for him to understand what Ballesteros meant.