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February 16. 2014 8:21PM

Strong finish gives Bubba Watson a PGA Tour victory at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Bubba Watson was rewarded for his impressive early season form when he stormed to his first PGA Tour title since the 2012 Masters with a two-shot victory at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

Four strokes off the pace going into the final round, the left-hander seized control with five birdies in the first eight holes on the way to a flawless seven-under-par 64 at Riviera Country Club.
Watson, who has long relished playing here despite never having posted a top-10 finish in seven previous starts, finished up in style as he rolled in a 14-foot birdie putt at the 18th hold to post a 15-under total of 269.
“I am hitting the ball really well ... and it worked out this week,” an elated Watson told CBS Sports after clinching his fifth PGA Tour title.

“Things are great right now,” said Watson, who went bogey-free at Riviera over the weekend as he fired successive 64s.

Watson came into the tournament having recorded two top-10s in his first four starts on the 2013-14 PGA Tour, his best finish a tie for second at the Phoenix Open earlier this month.
Dustin Johnson, one of four players who held at least a share of the lead during the final round at Riviera, closed with a five-birdie 66 to finish alone in second.
Monday qualifier Jason Allred and Brian Harman signed off with 68s to share third place at 12 under, a stroke better than 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, who also carded a 68.
Journeyman William McGirt began the final round with a two-shot lead and maintained his advantage with a comfortable two-putt birdie at the par-five first, the easiest hole on the course.
However, he slipped back with a bogey at the tricky par-four second.

, where his approach ended up just short of the green before he ran his first putt nine feet past the hole.

On a course running fast and firm under a dazzling sun, several of McGirt’s closest pursuers began to pile on the heat and for a while four players were tied at the top at 12 under: McGirt, Watson, Harman and Schwartzel.

Watson, who had holed out from a greenside bunker to birdie the sixth, broke the deadlock by draining a 16-footer to birdie the par-four eighth before reaching the turn in a blistering five-under 30.


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