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Bubba’s 64-64 weekend claims title at Riviera

Final Round – PGA Tour – Northern Trust Open – Riviera Country Club – Pacific Palisades, California –

After making three double bogeys over the first two rounds, Bubba Watson set his game into high gear and carded 64-64 on the weekend to win the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

For Watson, it was his fifth career PGA Tour triumph and first since winning the 2012 Masters Tournament. He made birdie on the 72nd hole to win by two shots and finish 15-under.

Dustin Johnson, in the mix all day Sunday at Riviera, was solo second at 13-under with Brian Harman and Jason Allred ending up T-3. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel was alone in fifth place. He was T-3 here last year.

For Johnson, his runner-up finish was the fourth Top 10 at Riviera in his career which includes T-3 in 2010 and T-4 in 2012.

Watson, a 25-to-1 pick at Ladbrokes.com to win the tournament at the beginning of the week, carded a front-nine 30 to take the lead. He battled back against challengers down the stretch. Bubba was leading in Phoenix a few weeks ago before slipping back on Sunday. This time he closed strong.

Watson struggled much of the 2013 season finishing 37th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Other Golf News:

  • Karrie Webb (12-under) rallied to win her 40th career LPGA Tour title and 5th Australian Women’s Open Sunday overcoming windy conditions that plagued most of the field. The 39-year-old finished 2013 8th in Scoring Average and 13th on the LPGA Tour Money List. She was a 33-1 betting pick to start the week. Lydia Ko and Paula Creamer posted Top 3 finishes.
  • Kirk Triplett (16-under) edged Bernhard Langer, Olin Browne and Duffy Waldorf by a shot to claim the Champions Tour ACE Group Classic in Naples, Florida.
  • Thomas Aiken (20-under) captured his third career European Tour title Sunday winning the Africa Open in a playoff. He was a 10-1 betting selection. It was his third Top 10 in as many starts.
  • Watson was No. 26 in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into Riviera. He will be among the favorites next week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. Watson lost in the third round last year to Jason Day.