The drought is over for Bubba Watson, who won for the first time since his 2012 Masters victory at the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club.
It only took four days, but the cream finally rose to the top in sunny Southern California, where Watson edged out the surging Dustin Johnson and Charl Schwartzel for the title Sunday.
For most of the tournament, “Hogan’s Alley” was brought to its knees by some of the least known golfers on the PGA Tour, including William McGirt, who was looking for his first win in 96 tries on the tour. Riviera got that moniker in the 1940s, when Ben Hogan won there three times.
Unknown pros McGirt, Jason Allred, Brian Harman and Cameron Tringale usurped big names such as Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose. Yet, their combined resumes wouldn’t beat one month of competition from Freddie Couples, who played in his 32nd tournament here.
When push came to shove, it was the big-hitting Watson who reigned supreme. With the Masters in the near distance, watch out for Bubba.
Here is a list of the winners and losers at the Northern Trust Open.