Bubba Watson answered plenty of questions about his game and raised even more about what happened last season on Sunday.
He won the Genesis Open by two strokes, despite taking a break Friday night to compete in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
In doing so, he joins Lloyd Mangrum and some guy named Ben Hogan as the the only three-time winners at Riviera. It’s also his 10th career win the PGA Tour. That total ties him with Sergio Garcia for 13th among active PGA player victories.
“Nobody thought that Bubba Watson from Bagdad, Florida, would ever get to 10 wins. Let’s be honest,” Watson said. “Without lessons, head case, hooking the ball, slicing the ball, can’t putt, you know?”
Watson fell out of the top 10 last year and also dropped a lot of weight without giving a reason. He hinted at an illness being the cause of both things after the win on Sunday.
“I’m here. I’m healthy,” he said. “There are people that are a lot sicker than me in this world, so the illness is nothing.”
Patrick Cantlay led the tournament by one stroke going to the back nine but hit trees on No. 12 and 13 and wound up tied for fourth.
Phil Mickelson pushed for contention as well before finishing sixth. He’s taken three straight Top 10 finishes for the first time since 2009.
Watson was moved to tears by his victory. “You never know if you’re going to play good again,” Watson said. “You never know if you’re going to lift the trophy.”
Watson wound up shooting 68-70-65-69 – 272 to win $1.296 million and 500 FedEx Cup points.