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Bubba Watson Wins 2018 Genesis Open

Bubba Watson Wins 2018 Genesis Open

RORY MCILROY SHOT a three-under 68 to climb into the top 20 of this week's Genesis Open and the former world number one believes he played better than his final finishing position. But Patrick Cantlay had moved to the front of the pack after nine holes of round four. And he was 1 over on his round at the turn, sitting two shots back of Cantlay at the time. Watson tried to fade the ball in towards a pin on the left side of the green but overdid it and found a bunker. Watson wondered if he could stop the ball anywhere near the hole from a short-sided lie. At that point, his lead was extended to two.

Kevin Na takes more than a minute to line up a close-range putt for par during the final round of the Genesis Open.

Watson admitted that he was close to giving up on golf as he battled with health issues and a loss of form over the past two years, but he made a decision to continue on his quest to reach his goal of 10 PGA Tour titles.

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. This was Watson's 10th Tour title.

QUOTABLE: "My goal has always been to get 10 wins and so this got (me) to my 10th win". "There are so many emotions going through my head right now. You never know if you're going to play good again, you never know if you're going to be able to lift a trophy again".

Playing in her first tournament as a full LPGA member, Ko shot 65, 69, 71, 69 to finish at 14-under 274 at the Kooyonga Golf Club.

Watson, energized perhaps by his appearance in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night, produced his signature moment right out of the gate.His second shot at the par-five first rolled within 18 inches of the pin to give him a tap-in eagle. "So those are very hard holes so I was just hanging on for dear life and just trying to stay around the lead or now above the lead, so it's good".

Phil Mickelson also was in the hunt.

Watson fired back. "Nah, I'm just going to hole it and then go straight to the bathroom".

Watson's last top-five finish on the PGA Tour came previous year at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, playing with J.B. Holmes in the team event.

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