It has been almost two years since we saw the miraculous nine-iron shot come out of the Georgia Pines to land on the 10th green at Augusta National, and Bubba Watson, with a little help from 2011 Masters Champ, Charl Schwartzel slipping on his new Green Jacket. That was in April of 2012, and that was the last time Bubba has visited victory circle on the PGA Tour. All of that changed on Sunday afternoon at The Northern Trust Open.
Most of the time when you go 39 holes without a bogey, and shoot matching 64′s on the weekend, you are going to win on the PGA Tour. After blowing the lead, and losing two weeks ago in Scottsdale, Bubba Watson was a focused competitor when he teed it up on Sunday Afternoon at Riviera Country Club in Hollywood.
I’m not sure what was more impressive. The -5 under par Bubba shot on the front nine on Sunday afternoon, or the par-saving putts he made coming down the stretch. With Dustin Johnson lurking one-stroke back after the turn, Bubba made par-saving putts at 12 and 13 that put the victory away. Dustin finished runner-up for the second week in a row losing by one stroke to Jimmy Walker at Pebble Beach.
“When you shoot 14 under on the weekend, it’s tough to beat that,” Johnson said.
Beginning his day four shots back, Bubba was impressive when he closed the gap in six holes, and had the best final round score by a winner at the Northern Trust Open in 28 years. The victory moved Bubba Watson into fifth place in FedEx Cup Points, and marked the return of a career that spent most of the past two years in mediocrity.
Needing par to win on the 18th hole, I was impressed when the 35 year-old bomber rolled in a 15 footer for a birdie to win this tournament in Jack Nicklaus style. Now it’s on to The Accenture Match Play Championships.
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