Nick Watney wins WGC-Cadillac Championship

Here’s another example of the importance of putting.

In a duel between the young and strong, victory often goes not just to who will search for greatness successfully, but who will search for greatness without making the dooming mistake.

For Nick Watney, 29, in Sunday’s back nine of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on the TPC Blue Monster at Doral Resort & Spa, that calamitous error always seemed to be waiting at a tee. Yet, Watney skewered each such moment with archer-accurate putting.

That left the bad moment to be found by Dustin Johnson, 26, the 54-hole leader, on the 16th hole. Johnson’s bogey there and Watney’s flourishing finishing birdie on 18 for a 5-under-par 67 gave Watney a two-shot win with a 16-under 272 total.

Doral is a very popular resort located in Miami.

Tiger lets a lead slip away

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 4: Tiger Woods hits from a bunker on the fifth hole during round three of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club on December 4, 2010 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods has had a rough year in 2010, but his play in the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club showed everyone that he’s on his way back.

That said, Tiger found a way to blow a big lead on the final day.

Graeme McDowell was “ecstatic” today after capping his most incredible golfing year with a dramatic play-off win over Tiger Woods in the Chevron World Challenge in California.

“2010 has been the stuff of dreams,” McDowell admitted after his stunning $1.2 million victory, worth £765,000, in Woods’ own tournament.

“Playing one of the greatest golfers who has ever played and to beat him like this I’m just ecstatic,” McDowell added.

It looks like Tiger will have a serious rival for the foreseeable future as well.

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