Las Vegas, Nevada (November 18, 2011)–Nick Watney has lived in the Las Vegas Golf Region for several years. The PGA Tour star, who is making his debut in the Presidents Cup, moved to Las Vegas at the urging of fellow resident Butch Harmon, Harmon also serves as Watney's swing coach. Here, now are some notes and quotes from Watney's first two days in Australia.–By Brian Hurlburt
On playing in the Presidents Cup: "Just playing for my country and the camaraderie of the event; it's an honor to play. In the short history the matches have been pretty entertaining, pretty good, and I'm happy to add my name to the list of players, and I'm ready to go."
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On the course, Royal Melbourne Golf Club: "I think the course is great. I think it will be a great test. With the conditions, I mean, the conditions kind of dictate how difficult it's going to be. Yesterday there was pretty much no wind and it was pretty scorable. Today with the wind up a little bit, makes it really difficult to get the ball close. So I think with the conditions, they will dictate how easy the course plays. In match play, you make six and the other guy makes seven, you still win the hole. In relation to par, won't be that big a deal."
On his pairing with Bill Haas against Geoff Ogilvy and Charl Schwartzel, which they halved: "I felt we played nice, for alternate-shot, we had a couple of bad holes, but they had a couple bad ones. Obviously you know, apart from us being all-square there — we definitely had a couple extra looks that could have gone in and they will say the same exact thing probably."
Watney and Haas then beat Ogilvy and KJ Choi one up in the second round of matches. Quotes courtesy of ASAPSports.com