There was a time when people used to mention Bubba Watson as an up-and-coming star on the PGA Tour, maybe even the face of the sport, after Tiger Woods.
That was two years ago. Since then, Woods has struggled with well-documented issues, and Watson has pondered retirement at least twice, before being encouraged by his wife to stay on the Tour.
“I was wondering if I would ever win again,” said Watson late Sunday, after carding a 12-under par 272 for a weekend of work around the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
After Woods missed the cut on Friday, that score was good enough to earn Watson a winners check and his first PGA Tour victory in two years and ten for his career.
The win also allowed Watson to join an elite group. The two-shot win over Kevin Na and Tony Fanau, his closest pursuers, branded Watson one of a trio of golfers to conquer Riviers three times.
As the sun set in Los Angeles, it was hard to tell who was happier, Bubba Watson or his wife.