Bubba Watson joins legends with third victory in Los Angeles

Bubba Watson joins legends with third victory in Los Angeles

So whether that calms down the more he plays and it doesn't become such a novelty that he's back out playing again because it's tiring.

Watson's final round saw two birdies and three bogeys before the turn, although he pulled ahead with a trio of birdies on the back nine to secure a two-under round of 69.

Bubba Watson said he had thoughts of retirement past year but they were put on hold after his two-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Watson, 39, a Milton High grad, whose business interests in the area include part ownership of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos as well as a Chevrolet dealership with Sandy Sansing in Milton, joined legends Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer as three-time winners of this event at famed Riviera Country Club.

The Co. Down man looked set to take home more than $60,000 - a drop in the ocean for a player with career earnings on the PGA Tour alone of $35.5 million.

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Watson fired an air ball from just inside the top of the key (he says it was supposed to be an alley-oop and no one heard his instructions to cut to the hoop). "You know, pitiful me, not on how handsome my life was".

"It's overwhelming [considering] where I was a year-and-a-half ago, " Watson said. "My wife was not close", he said. I don't know what Bubba's odds were before this win, but he will be justifiably be a lot shorter now.

Watson, who finished at 12-under 272, moved from No. 117 to No. 41 in the world, making him eligible for the World Golf Championship in Mexico in two weeks.

On the next two holes, Watson came up short of the green and both times saved par with 8-foot putts as his challengers were dropping shots. Finau lurked all day.

Eight players either had a share of the lead or were within one shot over the final round Sunday.

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Phil Mickelson also was in the hunt.

He spoke Saturday evening, when he had a one-shot lead, about trending in the right direction even if he didn't win the Genesis Open.

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"My little secret there was Cameron [Smith, his playing partner] was telling me where the bathroom was - it was on the next tee - and he said, 'Well, we've got a couple shots and then you can just go to the bathroom if you can wait, ' Watson said". She then pulled away with birdies at the 13th and 17th in what seemed a nerveless finish, showing the experience gained as a 10-time victor on the Korean LPGA Tour. Having forgotten about his previous conversation with Smith, Watson pointed to his caddie and yelled, "You called it". There's so many emotions going through my head right now.

There are moments during a tournament when you know it's going to be your week. 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. He won Riviera in 2016 while filming a cameo in "Girl Meets World".

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The distractions helped. The health helped even more. If anything, the only talk of retirement should be whether settle down off Sunset Boulevard. "But my wife was not close". I would rather be healthy than play golf, so that's what I was focusing on. I was focusing on the wrong things, pitiful me and not how lovely my life was, things like that.

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