Bubba Watson Wins Northern Trust Open At Riviera
It’s been a long time coming for Bubba Watson. Sunday he broke a nearly two year winless streak by winning the 2014 Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in the Los Angeles area. Watson shot 64-64 on the final two days of the tournament to secure his first victory in 41 tries since his last win. With his wife and son there to celebrate, Watson dazzled the crowd with flawless golf to close a four shot gap going into the final day and ultimately ending up on top.
Watson’s final round, bogey-free, 64 was the lowest round by a winner at the Northern Trust Open. Watson’s run to the title was even more remarkable in the fact that he completed his final 39 holes bogey free. He finished at 15-under, 269 on the weekend, winning by two shots over Dustin Johnson.
Coming off the heals of a near win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open just two weekends ago where he fell short to Kevin Stadler on the final hole, Watson looks to be back on form this season. This was Watson’s fifth career PGA Tour victory and his first since his famous Masters Tournament victory in 2012.
“My first win since the Masters,” Watson said. “You never know when your last win is going to be. My last win could have been the Masters, which would have been a great way to go out. But winning here at Northern Trust is nice. I never felt down that I haven’t won yet, but just kept plugging along. And somehow, it fell in my lap today.”
Watson seemed to be in control of his game Sunday. When he did get himself into any trouble, he managed a way to get himself out. The biggest example of this came on the sixth hole; a par three. Watson teed off into a bunker left of the green. No problems for Watson, who holed out from the sand, giving him a birdie and tie of the lead. He never looked back.
Again, this was Watson’s first victory since the Masters two years ago. Watson cited one major difference in this win from Augusta in 2012; his family was there to enjoy it with him. His wife Angie and son Caleb were there waiting for Watson at the 18th green at Riviera, where he sealed his fate as winner of the tournament by sinking a long birdie putt when he had two shots to spare.
“When I won the Masters, it was just me,” Watson said. “Family members were there, but not my wife and not my son, who was just adopted at that point, and now is two weeks away from being 2 years old. What a thrill. We’ll have some pictures with him and my wife and the trophy, so it’s nice.”
Less than two months away from the tournament that put him on the map, Watson looks to be in true form, ready to take on the PGA Tour with his consistent play.