Confession time. I was doing a radio interview just before the PGA Championship started. The hosts led off with three straight Tiger Woods questions, then apologized for doing so.
"No apologies necessary," I replied. "People want to hear about Tiger Woods. I mean, it's not like there's this huge group of people clamoring for more info on, say, Nick Watney."
Watney is doing his level best to make sure that everyone hears more about him, leading after Day 3 of the PGA Championship by three strokes. He was on target almost all day long, turning in a -6 performance that tied for the second-best day on the course after Wen-Chong Liang's record-breaking 64. He sits three strokes up on Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.
After the round, Watney was all standard-issue cliches about Sunday being a long day and teeing it up and playing them one at a time and only controlling what he can do and all that, but you know what? The dude's rolling. He can afford to fall back on some easy answers.
Sunday will be a whole different affair, with plenty of players clearly able to make a run. As we saw at the U.S. Open, a three-shot lead can vanish in an instant. But as we saw at the British, a lead can stand up for an entire day all the way through to the trophy ceremony, too.
So, good on ya so far, Nick. I promise never to use your name for a cheap joke again. I've got Heath Slocum for that.