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2018 Rewind: The 10 Most Exciting PGA Tour Wins


2. BUBBA BREAKS DROUGHT AT RIVIERA

Date: Feb. 18, 2018
Event: Genesis Open
Where: Riviera CC (Pacific Palisades, CA)

Bubba Watson Genesis Open Riviera
Bubba Watson reacts after chipping in for birdie during the final round of the 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera CC. Photo: Stand Badz/Getty Images via PGA TOUR

Winner: Bubba Watson -12 | Runner-up: Kevin Na, Tony Finau -10

Recap: Once a mainstay in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings, Bubba Watson had fallen out of the top 100 entirely, dropping to No. 117 in the world.

After a 6-under 65 in the third round, his lowest round on Tour since the 2015 FedExCup Playoffs, Watson held the the 54-hole lead for the first time in two years. And being paired with two young stars in Patrick Cantlay and Cameron Smith was not too much for the two-time Masters champion, as a smooth 2-under 69, highlighted by a 3-under bogey-free back nine was all he needed to capture the tournament title.

It wasn’t a total breeze, however, as three front-nine bogeys put Watson’s best championship opportunity in recent memory in jeopardy.

But he calmed down on his back nine, and a chip-in birdie from a greenside bunker on the par-3 14th hole gave Bubba a two-shot advantage and much-needed confidence coming down the stretch. After a birdie on the par-4 17th, a par-save on the 18th was more than enough to hold off his challengers.

WATCH BUBBA’S CLUTCH HOLE-OUT BIRIDE


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