Watson Wins at Riviera Again
By Peter Santo
The PGA Tour’s number one villain, Bubba Watson, (maybe number two, either him or Patrick Reed, let me know your thoughts in the comments below) got his second victory at Riviera Country Club on Sunday.
Watson shot a final round 3 under 68 to win the Northern Trust Open by one shot over Adam Scott and Jason Kokrak.
The final round began with a leaderboard packed with some of the biggest names in golf, Bubba Watson held the 54 hole lead, with Adam Scott, Rory Mcilroy and Dustin Johnson hot in his heels.
Mcilroy began his Sunday with an Eagle at the first to tie for the lead, but stumbled in with a 75 and finished T20. DJ closed with a solid Sunday 69, but it wasn’t enough to catch Watson. Scott had the best chance of dethroning Bubba at the top, using his new conventional length putter to shoot 67, and come within one shot of a playoff.
Jason Kokrak was in search of his first PGA Tour win, but came up just short, finishing tied for second with Adam Scott.
The victory is Watson’s second in three years at Riviera, and it is clear that the golf course suits his game. Riviera’s firm and fast fairways and greens lend themselves nicely to Watson’s long drives and high curving approach shots.
With the win, Watson returns to number 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, moving ahead of Rickie Fowler (the nicest guy you’ll ever meet), who spent the weekend hanging out with Michael Jordan (stereotypical jerk celebrity) in Jupiter, Florida.
Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Bubba Watson is well on his way to a Hall of Fame career.