THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Nick Watney is playing well in any kind of weather.
Watney made birdie for the first time ever on the 14th hole at Sherwood during a strong back nine that carried him to a 5-under 67 and a two-shot lead Thursday in the World Challenge. Watney won a month ago in stifling conditions in Malaysia. This day was cool and overcast, with fog rolling off the foothills. No matter. He did well enough to surge past Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell.
Tiger Woods, the tournament host and defending champion, had a number of good par saves and scratched out a 70.
The World Challenge doesn’t count as an official win, though it awards world ranking points.