Las Vegas, Nevada (October 28, 2012)–Las Vegas Golf Region resident Nick Watney fired a final round 61 to win the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Watney flirted with a 59 during the final round but his 10-under par 61 was good enough to hold off Robert Garrigus, Bo Van Pelt and Tiger Woods. Fellow Las Vegas Golf Region resident Scott Piercy fired a 62 in the final round to finish T10 ending a nice recovery following a first-round 75. –By Brian Hurlburt
"There were quite a few players in front of me, and I saw Tiger got off to a good start, so I wasn't really thinking about winning when I teed off," said Watney, who will play in the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge in Las Vegas on November 13. "But the round sort of built momentum and things just kept getting better and better. I'm thrilled to have come away with a win."
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Watney had a 59 on his mind, but was definitly thinking about winning more than posting the legendary score. "I was more concerned with just winning the tournament," said Watney. "I really wanted to finish strong and hit a couple good shots, and I hit a pretty good drive because to the right is the trouble on 18, so I hit a decent drive, and it plugged in the left rough, and I took a drop. And the ball went into a divot in the rough. So 59 kind of went out the window right there when I dropped it. But my friend Adam Scott, I remember a few years ago, he won the Qatar tournament, and he had a chance to shoot 59 if he eagled the last hole. But I kind of thought about that, and winning the tournament was more important than 59 for me"
From PGATour.com: Watney won the FedEx Cup opener at Bethpage Black in August for his fifth official PGA TOUR title. Sunday's victory won't add to his PGA TOUR record — the Malaysian tournament which is co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour won't become a full-fledged PGA TOUR event until next year when the tour begins its new season in October after the FedEx Cup Playoffs. But the experience of winning his first title in Asia will help. Watney quotes courtesy ASAPSports.com.