Bubba wins again at Riviera
In a week that he made an appearance on a TV show, his son played drums with Justin Bieber, watched an NBA basketball game and passed a kidney stone Bubba Watson birdied 16 and 17 to claim his second title here.
His round got going with a par save at the 10th and a 30-footer at the next. Jason Kokrak led by two but then bogeyed the 15th and Watson’s late birdies did the rest.
Kokrak needed a birdie at the 72nd hole and narrowly missed from 20 feet and Watson’s par meant Adam Scott could pack his bags and go home.
The Aussie had a curious day, making eagle at the 1st, playing the first six holes in five holes, then doubling the 8th and then making back-to-back bogeys at 14 and 15 to look out of it. Then a two-putt birdie at 17 gave him a sniff before he rattled in his chip at the last for a 67.
Rory McIlroy also eagled the 1st but then had seven bogeys in an out-of-sorts 75.
What Bubba said: “I get a good, excited feeling here. I love coming here, the history of this place. The great champions, obviously the real great champions here are a big thing to me. Just seeing the shots over and over. I think that's what makes Augusta so special is that every year, it's that major tournament in the same spot so we can see past champion after past champion.
"It's not changing golf courses, so this place hasn't changed. It's stayed the same. They have added the tee box on 2 and so far we don't play it. They have added some things but we don't play those things. So I love the history and I love the challenge of the course, and a couple times in the last few years, my head's in the right spot and it's worked out.”