Bubba Watson win NTO by one stroke

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on

American Bubba Watson had one thing in mind over the weekend and that is what he did after reclaiming the title at the Northern Trust Open (NTO) golf tournament with a one stroke lead over Australian golfer Adam Scott.

Watson, who won the NTO in 2014, finished the fourth round with a three under par 68 for a total of 269 stroke points edging Scott by a tip of a knife. The Australian finished the final round with a four under 67 for a total of 270 stroke points that settled him for a runners-up finish.

Watson opened the tournament with a strong play finishing five under 66 and then followed it up with a 68 and 67 in the second and third round. Scott had a strong third and fourth round having 67s but was hounded by his 68s in the first and second round.

On the other hand, Jason Kokrak landed third also with a 270 total while Dustin Johnson is at fourth with a 271 total.

Kokrak managed to take an early two-shot lead at the start of the final round, but Watson caught up when he scored a birdie in the 16th hole and followed it up in the 17th to take a slim one-shot lead. Scott tried to catch up with Watson with a chip-in in the 17th but still had a descent 14 under finish.

The finish is Watson’s ninth PGA career title and his fourth since turning professional in 2003. He is one of the few left handed golfers on tour and has reached a career high 2nd place in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Watson is among the golfers with the longest drives in the PGA Tour. In 2007 he had an average drive of 315.2 yards (288.2 m) and can hit a ball over 350 yards (320 m), capable of generating a ball speed up to 194 mph (312 km/h).

Photo Courtesy: Tour Pro Golf Clubs/Wikimedia

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