Watson Claims Northern Trust Open
Bubba Watson made clutch birdies on 16 and 17 on Sunday to win the Northern Trust Open by a single stroke with a 15-under 269 on Sunday in Riviera Country Club on Sunday.
Watson shot a final-round 68, staving off Adam Scott, whose 67 was nearly enough to force a playoff. Watson has now won at least one tournament in each of the past three seasons, and in five of the six seasons since 2010.
It was a wild rock star kind of week for Watson, who passed a kidney stone on Monday, shot a cameo on Disney Channel show “Girl Meets World”, and met fellow celebs Justin Bieber and Steph Curry. He also won this event for the second time in three years, and reclaimed the No. 4 spot in the world rankings after sliding back to sixth to start the year.
American Jason Kokrak was the leader late, riding a second-round 64 into contention and sitting 4-under through 14 holes on Sunday before his bogey on 15 opened the door for Watson and Scott.
Dustin Johnson finished fourth at 13-under, two strokes off the lead. The most surprising finish on Sunday was that of Rory McIlroy who bombed out with a closing 75 to finish tied for 20th at 6-under after being in contention throughout the early going.
Even more vexing was that McIlroy started Sunday with a booming eagle 3 on the par-5 No. 1, only to pile up seven bogeys over the next 13 holes.
World No. 1 Jordan Spieth missed the cut entirely thanks to his opening-round 79, the third worst score on his career. Spieth’s round consisted of two birdies, six pars, eight bogeys, and one double-bogey.
The PGA Tour moves to Florida this week for the Honda Classic, won last year by Padraig Harrington, his first PGA title in nearly 10 years.