Pacific Palisades, CA – After years of self doubt and hard work, an emotional Bubba Watson claims the 2018 Genesis Open title.
“I have so many feelings going through my head right now,’” said Watson.
Watson played a brilliant 4 days of golf and with a care-free look to his game, he looked in control, like Watson had fans accustomed to seeing him. It’s his third win at Riviera Country Club (2014, 2016, 2018).
Watson was able to grab a hold of the lead on hole 13 when the home-grown and UCLA product Patrick Cantlay bogeyed. Watson was able to hold his par to keep him at -10.
On the next whole, Watson created a bit of separation after hitting a quality Birdie from the bunker on the left side of the hole. Watson then birdied hole 15 to comfortably take him into 18 with zero doubt of who’d be hoisting up the trophy.
“My goal has always been to get 10 wins and so this got to my 10th win. I thought about retirement; just so much stuff going through my head right now, I can’t believe I’m gonna life a trophy here in a second,” added Watson.
It was a day where many golfers played well enough and a clear winner was never highlighted.
Another left-handed giant in the game made a run himself. Phil Mickelson just one shot back from the lead after 14 holes. Two consecutive bogeys slid Mickelson further away from the lead and finished tied for 6th place.
Jordan Spieth ended the tournament much better than he began. He 67 on his final round to earn him a top 10 finish.
Reigning tournament champion Dustin Johnson finished tied for 16th.
Las Vegas and Los Angeles native Kevin Na made a strong run for the trophy but fell just short and took home 2nd place.