Feb 19th, 2018
Emotional win for Bubba at Riviera
As he was on the verge of retiring
It was a highly emotional victory for Bubba Watson at Riviera, where he claimed his third Genesis Open on Sunday, as he broke down in tears of joy and relief.
Bubba’s form for the past two years has been in decline, and he slipped out of the Top 100 rankings for the first time last season. But this victory has been a shot in the arm for him, and he is now back at No 40 in one fell swoop.
“It was the lowest point I’ve been at in the game of golf,” he admitted. “The last year and a half, almost two years, it’s been a struggle because I want to be at the top.”
When asked about possible retirement, he added: “I was close. My wife was not close. My wife basically told me to quit whining and play golf. She’s a lot tougher than I am.”
It was Bubba’s tenth PGA Tour victory, as he finished two shots ahead of Kevin Na and Tony Finau, with a two-under 69.
“It means a lot as my goal was always to get to ten wins,” added Bubba. But can he now use this victory as a springboard for further success at the Masters?
“There’s so many emotions going around my head right now. You never know if you’re going to play good again, you never know if you’re going to be able to lift a trophy again. But obviously God’s given me a gift to play golf and I’m not good at anything else.”
We hear you Bubba. Good to see you back in the winner’s enclosure once again. Here's Bubba: