Bubba Watson Wins 2018 Genesis Open

by Steven Clarke February 20, 2018, 19:48
Bubba Watson Wins 2018 Genesis Open

Johnson has been almost untouchable at the top of the rankings of late but found himself floundering after the first two rounds at this week's Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in California.

The 2010 US Open champion came into this week ranked 219th in the world and admits he's been battling some doubts about his game over the last two years. "So, you know, keep building".

Suddenly in the mix was defending champion Dustin Johnson, who made eagle on his way to a 29 on the front for a 64, and Johnson wound up four shots off the lead. I am progressing, I'm starting to get a feel for tournament golf again.

Watson ended his longest drought of the decade - it was two full years since he last won a tournament - with a game perfectly suited for the classic layout off Sunset Boulevard.

"My goal has always been to get 10 wins, and there are so many emotions going through my head right now", added the left-hander, even admitting that he had come close to retiring when he was suffering through health issues and a loss in form.

Woods is playing this week at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles.

"I thought I could pump a drive down there at 11 and get to it with an iron and turn the tide around and play a good solid back nine", Woods said.

USA players will continue to gain points in 2018 at every non-opposite PGA Tour event, WGC and major through the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive, concluding on August 12, 2018.

Bubba Watson leads the field heading into Sunday's final round on 10 under par.

As do his playing partners, though Thomas, who entered the weekend tied with McIlroy at 2-under for the week and just five shots off the lead of a trio of 36-hole frontrunners, shrugged it off. Durant shot a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke win over Stricker, David Toms, Lee Janzen, Billy Mayfair, and Tim Petrovic. Steve Stricker, David Toms, Lee Janzen, Billy Mayfair and Tim Petrovic tied for second.

Yelling during backswings is commonplace, as are the calls of "Get in the hole!" and "You da man!"

It started with a nice tee shot on the par-3 16th hole that set up an 8-foot birdie.

First-round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez was ninth at 12 under after a 72. The following week, he finished one shot behind at the World Golf Championships event at Doral.

"I made a couple bogeys on the back nine, which was disappointing".

Playing one group ahead, England's Wood was right in the mix and tied with Luiten at 15-under when their fortunes went in opposite directions nearly at the same time.

Watson fired an air ball from just inside the top of the key (he says it was supposed to be an alley-oop and no one heard his instructions to cut to the hoop). It's also a track on which he has never won in his 10 professional starts. He missed out on the 2016 team, finishing outside the automatic qualifying spots.

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