Watson wins at Riviera for 3rd time in career — Sports briefs

Lawrence Cooper
February 21, 2018

The two-time Masters victor recorded bogey-free back nine at Riviera to edge out Kevin Na and Tony Finau by two strokes to lift his first PGA Tour title for two years after falling from inside the world top ten to No.117 in the rankings.

It was Bubba's tenth PGA Tour victory, as he finished two shots ahead of Kevin Na and Tony Finau, with a two-under 69.

Bubba Watson holds a one-stroke lead over fellow American Patrick Cantlay entering Sunday's final round of the $7.2 million Genesis Open in pursuit of his first PGA Tour title since 2016.

He also plummeted from world No.4 to 117th and discussed retirement "10 to 12 times" with wife Angie.

He is certainly one to watch out for at this year's U.S. Masters given his recent form and has fond memories of Augusta, winning the Silver Cup in 2012. He fell back with consecutive bogeys from the trees and shot 69.

Phil Mickelson also was in the hunt. There is just so much stuff going through my head right now.

McIlroy - a four-time major champion - ultimately wound up tied for 20th at 3 under, nine shots adrift of victor Bubba Watson on Sunday.

Watson has claimed almost $40 million in prize money and has two major tournament victories, including the 2012 and 2014 Masters Tournaments.

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Bubba Watson says he was contemplating retirement. "My goal has always been to get 10 wins and this got me to my 10th win". You never know if you're going to be able to play good again, never know if you're going to be able to lift a trophy again. "I was so focused on other things I didn t have time to focus on where I stood going into this week".

He added a four-foot birdie at 17 and capped his round with an eight-foot par putt at the last. Watson tried to fade the ball in towards a pin on the left side of the green but overdid it and found a bunker. If they've been there before they are desperate to make it again, and if they haven't then they want it even more. None of it matter as he holed a clutch par putt on 13 to regain control of the tournament.

Only Dustin Johnson - who shot a seven-under-par 64 - had a better round than Watson on Saturday. He played his third shot from ankle-high grass and it flew over the green.

Looking for a strong finish, Lahiri began well with birdies on first and third holes at which point a Top-10 finish looked realistic. "Then I chipped in, I started making putts and we were around the lead or leading at that time and we hung on, especially around No. 11". "Is this my old man moment where I can't play golf again?'"

Jin Young Ko (center) celebrates her Women's Australian Open victory in Adelaide. I just got my 10th win. Durant shot a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke win over Stricker, David Toms, Lee Janzen, Billy Mayfair, and Tim Petrovic. Kevin Na birdied 9, 10, and 11 to get to 11 under par and the outright lead. On the par-4 18th, Stricker hit into the water and made a double bogey for a three-shot swing. He was safely on the 18th green when Stricker - needing birdie to tie - hit into the water.

Scott McCarron was 14 under after a 68. He used an 8-iron on the 16th for the ace. He made two bogeys in his first six holes to give up his lead.

He then lost his way a year ago, as a cascading series of issues prompted him to consider giving the game away. Then he saved par with 7-foot putts on the 12th hole (the most hard hole of the week) and the 13th (the fifth most-difficult) before his dramatic hole-out at 14.

Returning from his fourth back surgery, Woods' game was not as sharp as it once was, but he seems to be moving in the right direction. Watson wondered if he could stop the ball anywhere near the hole from a short-sided lie.

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