Two time US Masters golf champion Bubba Watson claimed the Northern Trust Open title on Sunday after firing a final round of 68 to beat Australia’s Adam Scott by one shot. The victory was Watson’s ninth on the PGA Tour in his career and second in three years at the Riviera Country Club.
It was a day to forget for Rory McIlroy as he plummeted out of contention despite carding an eagle on the first hole. It was all downhill from there for the former British Open golf champion as he dropped three shots on the front nine and proceeded to shoot a disappointing 75 to finish nine shots behind Watson.
Watson also struggled to make an impact during the front nine before moving through the gears later in the day. He holed a superb 30-foot putt on the 11th and birdied both the 16th and 17th to move into an outright lead. Watson sealed his first win since the Travelers Championship in June, 2015 with a simple par on the final hole as American Jason Kokrak came up short and finished as a joint runner up with Scott.
“I made some mistakes, but I stayed patient, stayed committed and that’s what we’ve been working on,” Watson said. “It feels nice any time you win. You never know when your last win is going to be, so for me to come back and pull one out and win in a tough way means a lot and is very special to me and my family.”
Elsewhere, Dustin Johnson shot a closing 69 for a third placed finish while both Marc Leishman and KJ Choi shared fifth place with a 12-under-par total. Scotland’s Martin Laird led the European challenge with an 8-under-par score, ahead of notables names including McIlroy (-6), Paul Casey (-3), Luke Donald (-2) and Jamie Donaldson (Level).