June 19, 2018

Watson grabs one-shot lead

21 February 2018, 06:37 | Donald Newman

Bubba Watson Wins 2018 Genesis Open After Shooting 2 Under in Final Round

Watson takes lead at Genesis Open

Tiger Woods continued his return to golf with his first appearance at the Riviera Country Club for 12 years, and with him came the return of one of golf's more tedious phenomena: the drunken imbecile.

Woods' eight bogeys included three in a row on the back nine as he battled to a five-over par 76.

"Let's be honest", Watson said. "I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens and consequently never made a run. I cant believe I'm going to lift the trophy here in a second". Three selections will be announced by Captain Jim Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship scheduled to be completed on September 3, 2018, and the final selection will be announced after the BMW Championship, which is slated to be completed on September 9, 2018.

A birdie at the par-five first on Sunday looked promising, but three bogeys on the front nine left him trailing at the turn.

Finishing behind Watson were Kevin Na and Tony Finau, sharing second place on 10-under-par. The two-time Masters champion parred each of the next three holes, and birdied the sixth, seventh and ninth holes to complete the front nine at 5- under-par 30, matching his career best on the front nine at Riviera.

American Sam Saunders also was at seven-under through 15 holes with countryman Ryan Moore another stroke back after a 68.

Former US Open victor McDowell has just one top-10 finish worldwide in the past 18 months.

Watson is ranked No. 40 in the World Golf Rankings.

He said his game for the past several months had been much better than those results indicated. I just need to clean up my rounds. The tournament may have ended differently.

When he won at Riviera for the second time in 2016, Watson was at No. 4 in the world.

LOS ANGELES - Donovan Mitchell, the precocious Utah Jazz rookie, won the NBA All-Star slam dunk contest on Saturday night. "Like, it's two shots a tournament he has to give to the field because of all that that goes on around. I felt like even coming down the last few holes there, they were still good surfaces", McIlroy said.

"We have sat down and had many talks about it, because physically I wasn't where I needed to be to keep continuing to play". "This big tank is about to hit me".

"My wedge game is fine", he said.

A tearful Watson revealed just moments after his winning putt fell at the Genesis Open that he had considered retirement "10 or 12 times" during a horror 2017.

Woods said the real cure is more tournament play.

Still looking for his first major championship win since 2014, McIlroy heads to Florida next week to play the Honda Classic, an event he has won and lost in a playoff.

Watson admitted that he was close to giving up on golf as he battled with health issues and a loss of form over the past two years, but he made a decision to continue on his quest to reach his goal of 10 PGA Tour titles.

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