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Watson’s wait ends with third Riviera triumph

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Bubba Watson’s is a two-time Masters champion. AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Bubba Watson fired a two-under-par 69 on Sunday to win an emotional third Genesis Open title, ending a drought that stretched back to his 2016 triumph here at Riviera Country Club.

One-over for the day after three bogeys and two birdies on the front nine, Watson produced three birdies without a bogey coming home for a 12-under par total of 272.

A spectacular hole-out for birdie from a greenside bunker at the 14th gave him sole possession of the lead for good. He added a four-foot birdie at 17 and capped his round with an eight-foot par putt at the last.

Watson finished two strokes in front of Kevin Na and Tony Finau, who both carded 69s for 10-under 274.

Watson’s 10th PGA Tour victory capped a halcyon week in Hollywood for the two-time Masters champion, who recorded a show with US comedy icon Jay Leno, dropped in on comedian and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, took in a taping of TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” and played in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night.

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