Bubba Watson made two birdies on the last three holes to win the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in Los Angeles for the second time in three years.
LOS ANGELES – Bubba Watson packed plenty of memories from his week in Los Angeles. He had a cameo in “Girl Meets World.” He received a text Sunday from NBA superstar Stephen Curry, offering shooting tips to Watson’s son. And he capped it with the best memento of all.
“Hold on a second, my trophy is coming,” said Watson, interrupting his news conference as the shiny prize was placed on the table next to him.
Two shots behind with four holes to play in the Northern Trust Open, Watson rallied with two birdies over the last three holes to overtake Jason Kokrak and hold off Adam Scott to win at Riviera for the second time in three years and move to No. 4 in the world ranking.
Watson took the lead with a birdie that was pure Bubba.
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Both feet came off the ground as he hammered a drive 334 yards on the 582-yard 17th hole, and then he hit a 2-iron shot to the back of the green that led to a two-putt birdie. He closed with a 3-under-par 68 for a one-shot victory over Scott (67) and Kokrak (68).
Watson, 37, finished at 15-under 269 and earned $1.224 million for his ninth PGA Tour victory.
“The highlight is definitely winning,” Watson said. “When you come to Hollywood, there’s a lot of things you can do. It’s fun. And winning is the cake.”
It was a bitter taste for Kokrak, going for his first PGA Tour victory and making it look like it was his time when he fired at a dangerous pin on the 13th and pulled it off for a short birdie putt that gave him a two-shot advantage.
But he made a bogey from the fairway on the 15th, had to scramble for par on the next two holes and narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 18th that ended his chances.
“You’ve got to eliminate the mental mistakes,” Kokrak said. “Hitting it in the middle of the green on 15 is just … I had a two-shot lead at the time.”
Ryan Moore (69) of Puyallup had a hole-in-one from 163 yards with a 7-iron on No. 16.
“I honestly didn’t think that one had much of a chance,” said Moore, who finished 10th at 9 under. “It landed in the rough and got a great kick.”
Former Washington Husky Nick Taylor (69) and Kevin Chappell (76), who owns a home in Kirkland, were among those who tied for 26th place at 5 under.
Lee of Silverdale wins Symetra event
BEAUMONT, Calif. – Erynne Lee, who is from Silverdale, won the Symetra Tour’s season-opening IOA Championship, making an eagle on the par-5 16th hole and closing with a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Jessica Wallace (70).
Former UCLA player Lee, 23, finished at 11-under 205 for 54 holes at Tukwet Canyon Golf Club at Morongo. She earned $15,000 in her first Symetra Tour start.
“I am still awe-struck right now,” Lee said. “I can’t believe I am standing here looking at a camera and talking about how I played a great round and won the tournament.”
Lee won a mini-tour event on the same course earlier this month.
• Japan’s Haru Nomura won the Women’s Australian Open for her first LPGA Tour title, closing with a 7-under 65 for a three-stroke victory in Adelaide.
Nomura, who is based in Honolulu, finished at 16-under 272 on The Grange’s West Course.
Top-ranked Lydia Ko (67) of New Zealand was second.