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PGA Tour Confidential: Woods and McIlroy meet again, Watney and Hanson win in Asia

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Nick Watney won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia with a final-round 61.

Morfit: Tiger came up short in the 48-player CIMB Classic, and Rory did not win the BMW Masters. Nick Watney shot a final-round 61 to win the CIMB (Tiger finished tied for fourth), edging Robert Garrigus and Bo Van Pelt by a shot. Peter Hanson held off McIlroy for what he called his biggest victory at the BMW Masters. Who has a bigger future, Hanson or Watney, and why?

Herre: Watney's a few years younger, but if I had to pick right now I'd bet on Hanson. He's been coming on, and making the Ryder Cup team seems to have given an even bigger boost. Looked really good dusting Rory.

Van Sickle: They're both impressive when they're on, but Hanson is already 35. I'd give the edge to Watney, who is 31. I also like how Watney has worked to improve his play on the greens.

Garrity: Yes, age puts it all in perspective. Same thing with 35-year-old Jason Dufner -- fantastic player, but he took a long time to climb to the top. His future is .... shorter. Those early 30s years are priceless. Hogan became a star at 32, didn't he? If he'd waited 'til he was 35, he wouldn't have had many yip-free years.

Dusek: I agree it's Watney, and it's also worth noting that Watney's wins -- while not large in number -- have often come on big non-major stages. He won at Torrey Pines in 2009, at Doral and AT&T National in 2011, and the Barclays Championship earlier this season. His next step is to get those results in the four events that matter most.

Reiterman: Watney. Seems like when he's in contention (minus that 2010 PGA) he gets it done, and it's usually on a big-time course. He'll win multiple majors before he's done.

Shipnuck: Hanson showed a ton of toughness and played brilliantly to hold off Rory's charge, but I'll still say Watney. He's younger, much longer and has already won bigger events.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: Who will have the better career from today forward, Watney or Hanson?

Morfit: Big doings today on the tour, where Justin Bolli, who came into the Tour Championship 44th on the money list, won the tournament and got himself a PGA Tour card for 2013. Jim Herman got the 25th and final spot, getting in thanks to James Hahn's birdie on 18, which bumped out Adam Hadwin. I always find this type of stuff pretty compelling, since livelihoods are on the line. At one point, I think I heard a Golf Channel guy utter the phrase "with not all precincts reporting." How many of you guys watched it unfold on Sunday?

Dusek: The Dusek house was in full hurricane prep mode on Sunday, so golf had to take a backseat. That said, the Sundays of events like the Tour Championship are usually a lot of fun to see.

Hanger: If TV does its job and keeps you informed of the players' backstories, it can make those rounds pretty dramatic. We have to know a little about the players to care about which ones make it, and don't.

Van Sickle: I saw Adam Hadwin, a Louisville alum who played college golf against my son, hit a putt while I was channel-surfing toward the NFL Redzone. It should be compelling golf, but most viewers don't recognize any of the names, whether it's Q-School or How many times have I heard complaints about PGA Tour events being boring, even if they went to sudden death, because the players weren't big names? It's golf for true golf fans, of which there are fewer than we used to think, I'm afraid.

Garrity: Kansas City is just out of hurricane range, so I caught some of the finish between Chiefs turnovers against the Raiders. I, too, enjoy the battles of bubble-boys, although the drama is totally announcer driven. Watch with the sound off and you might as well be viewing a 24-hour web-cam from your local muni.

Shipnuck: I was crushed they didn't show it here in China! It's golf with no chaser. The pressure can be almost unbearable, which makes it such great theater.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: Are you interested in stoylines where a player's livelihood is on the line, like the final round at the Championship?

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