American Golfer Bubba Watson Holds One-Stroke Lead In Genesis Open

Golf: Bubba back in business with one-shot lead in Los Angeles

Coupled with a bogey from playing partner Patrick Cantlay, it pushed Watson to a two-stroke lead, which he hung on to after finishing with a two-under 69 to become a three-time victor of the Genesis Open.

He admitted that his physical struggles, including significant weight loss, sapped his confidence and even had him considering retirement."I was close", Watson said. "I was top 10 in the world for a few years, and so not being there, you feel like, 'Is this it?"

The Riviera has to be one of Watson's favorite courses on Tour, as this marks the third time he's won at an event hosted on the course. The following week, he finished one shot behind at the World Golf Championships event at Doral.

Cantlay's painfully slow pre-shot routine was also ridiculed by those watching the action from California, although no player was punished at any point by the PGA Tour for slow play.

Watson revealed that he nearly quit golf a year ago after the stinging disappointment of missing the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team. Watson still joined the American team as an assistant captain, and loved it so much that he has asked US captain Jim Furyk for the same job in France this year.

Luiten would be the first Dutchman to play in the competition, so it would be massive for him and the country.

Winners are winners and perhaps he just lost the feel for a while, but you could see how much he wanted it by how aggressively he played, always at the right times. 98-96, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest.

From an impossible lie in thick rough with his golf ball 2 feet above his feet, Watson's often-fragile focus zeroed in for one of the week's most entertaining shots, which landed about 70 feet from the hole and led to a two-putt par.

He was just warming up. Watson finished the week on a four-round score of 12-under-par. But he went after birdie and saw the ball roll 20 feet down the hill, leading to bogey. Then came a series of three putts and he dropped bogeys on sixth, seventh and eighth.

Phil Mickelson 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. He splashed out of the sand and the ball rolled into the pin and disappeared into the cup for an unlikely birdie.

"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". Na was left to lament on his back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes, while Finau would rue two three-putts on his opening nine holes. I mentioned it about 10-12 times to my wife.

He added a four-foot birdie at 17 and capped his round with an eight-foot par putt at the last. Without a victory since 215, he has plummeted to 219th in the world rankings and arrived at Riviera off three straight missed cuts to start the season.

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