Rory McIlroy sees progress despite failing to contend at Riviera
- Author: Jill Young Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 6:37
Just like that, Bubba Watson is firmly in the 2018 Ryder Cup USA conversation.
The left-hander broke down in years after repeating his 2014 and 2016 victories at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles on Sunday, having been on the brink of packing in the game last season as he slipped outside the world's top 100.
About all he had were options.
"It might have been like this like the whole Tiger-mania. but I swear, playing in front of all that, he gives up half a shot a day on the field", said McIlroy.
He wound up sticking to golf, as if that was never an option.
In the two years since his last win, Watson suffered from an illness, which he refused to disclose, but which caused him to lose 11 kilograms while his golf game also fell away.
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Was it Bubba Watson who actually called the holed bunker shot on the 14th hole that keyed his third Genesis Open win on Sunday?
Watson finished by quashing a remark made in the past that he'd retire if he made it to ten PGA Tour wins, which he did by winning for the third time at Riviera. This was Watson's 10th Tour title.
Watson revealed that he nearly quit golf a year ago after the stinging disappointment of missing the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team.
Thomas, whose five victories last season included the US PGA Championship, carded an even par 71 while McIlroy signed for a two-under 69. Never know if you are going to play good again.
Next up for Watson is to see how far this goes. The victory is sure to be a jolt of confidence, especially the way he won. Ryan Moore held a share of the lead at one point as well, before fading with late bogeys.
That left Cantlay with a one-stroke lead after the front nine, though Watson came storming back. Watson had five birdies and three bogies in the final round.
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He was just warming up.
That's exactly what Watson did, his shot from 48-1/2 feet rolling into the cup. But he went after birdie and watched the ball roll 20 feet down the hill, leading to bogey. Cantlay missed, Watson made, keeping the deficit at one shot. He dropped into a tie with a bogey on the par-3 16th and Stricker's birdie on the hole. Kevin Na in the group ahead and Cantlay alongside him made bogey on both of them. He was within one shot of the lead when he hit a 4-iron from a deep bunker on the 15th hole to just right of the green.
"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". "But I've dealt with it for a very long time".
Watson sank a 10-foot, 8-inch putt on the par-4 second hole to save par.
Was he really close to calling it quits?
"I was close", he said.
Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Casper Area
The rain is expected to continue into Sunday as temperatures again reach a high of about 50, the weather service said. This will allow us to cool back off in to the low and middle 20s Sunday night with gradually clearing clouds.
"I was close, my wife was not close", Watson told reporters in a news conference after winning at Riviera. "So, that's what I was focusing on. 'Pitiful me, ' not how lovely my life was".