Bubba Watson is most famous for his ability to shape the ball and invent shots that no other golfer could dream of performing. But even this ability does not win you tournaments. Over the weekend he managed to win his first tournament since his Masters win in 2012 almost two years ago. With a few near misses recently it was just a matter of time before the lefty capitalised on his talent.
Dustin Johnson finished in second place for the second successive week after a final round of 66 which put him two shots behind the leader. Johnson made a quick start on the final day and looked to be in contention as he holed a birdie putt on the fifteenth but was unable to take advantage of his long hitting abilities as he missed out on the chance of a birdie at the seventeenth and eighteenth.
Bubba started the day four shots behind the Williams McGirt but managed to close gap early on with a run of birdies starting from the Par 5 first hole. He then made birdies at three, four and six where he managed to hole a shot from the green side bunker. The lead was his when he holed a challenging 16 footer on the eighth and moved two clear from the trailing pack on the eleventh where he carded his sixth birdie of the day.
With Johnson leading in the clubhouse at 13 under, Watson only had to par in to win the tournament outright and he looked like he was going to do so with par saves at 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. A huge drive at the seventeenth looked to have given Bubba the edge on the competition but was unable to further his lead when he found another green side bunker but this time he could only manage another par. A steady drive down the final hole and a comfortable iron shot that put him 15 foot away meant the American had two putts for the win. He only needed the one as he holed a beautiful putt for birdie and for the outright lead.