McIlroy: I deserved more at Riviera

Stan Badz
Stan Badz
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21 February, 2018

Tiger Woods's return to Riviera Country Club lasted just two days as the 14-time major champion missed the cut in the Genesis Open, where Graeme McDowell and Patrick Cantlay shared the lead.

The victory was the third of Watson's career at Riviera (2014, '16 and now '18). Ben Hogan and Lloyd Mangrum are the only other three-time winners at Riviera.

Bubba Watson acknowledged he had thoughts of retirement previous year after a form slump but they were put on hold after his two-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles on Sunday.

He was at 10-under 203 as he tries to end a two-year slump that dates to his last victory two years ago at Riviera.

LPGA - Jin Young Ko shot a 3-under 69 to clinch a 3-shot, start-to-finish win in the Women's Australian Open at Adelaide.

"Knowing how hard this golf course is, my whole thing was trying to hit greens, somehow just hang in there wherever I was", the 39-year-old Watson said.

More fantastic was the fact that the ball went in at all given how Watson's bunker play had been pretty bad thus far in 2017-'18. Whether that calms down the more he plays and it doesn't become such a novelty that he's back out playing again, I don't know, but it's tiring. "He said, 'how do you putt?' I said, 'I don't know.' He said, 'well, aim it to the right when it breaks to the left, aim it to the left when it breaks to the right, ' exactly how you imagine your golf ball in the fairway or off the tee, however you imagine it, imagine it that way".

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Watson s 10th PGA Tour victory capped a halcyon week in Hollywood for the two-time Masters champion, who recorded a show with U.S. 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. "This day and age, to get 10 wins on the PGA Tour, the greatest Tour in the world, double digit wins, I am thrilled".

QUOTABLE: "My goal has always been to get 10 wins and so this got (me) to my 10th win". Head case. Hooking the ball. "Somehow we're here making fun of it". "So when I saw him, all I saw was this is my moment to get hurt".

An emotional Bubba Watson says his drought-breaking US PGA Tour victory in Los Angeles has banished thoughts of retirement brought on by an illness which reduced his game to rock bottom.

'I haven't played golf in years, he said.

"It's cost me a lot of shots over the years", Woods said.

Durant eagled the par-5 13th and birdied the par-4 14th to take the lead at 18 under. It, too, allowed him to relieve himself in a nearby portable toilet.

Bubba Watson won a PGA title once again after four years without winning any title. She then pulled away with birdies at the 13th and 17th in what seemed a nerveless finish, showing the experience gained as a 10-time victor on the Korean LPGA Tour.


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