Bubba starting to bubble nicely

18 February 2018 02:35:16 EST

Bubba Watson is delighted to be in contention at the Genesis Open, but insists that winning is not the be-all and end-all for him at the Riviera Country Club.

Thirty-nine-year-old left-hander Watson registered a superb 6-under par 65 in round three to secure a one-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes.

However, the two-time Masters champion says he is simply happy to be playing well and enjoying his golf once again, as he aims to end a two-year wait for a tournament victory.

He told reporters: "The trend is going in the right direction and that's what I'm looking for. If I don't win tomorrow, or if I do win tomorrow, I'm still going in the right direction."

Watson can be backed at 1/100 to win the Genesis Open, with Patrick Cantlay available at 1000/1 and Graeme McDowell 1000/1.

Meanwhile, Watson also admitted that his is pleased to be back in the swing of things, admitting that health problems had played havoc with his game in recent times.

He added: "The stress came from the medical stuff. You want to be healthy. You think, should I still be playing? What should we be doing? Changing the structure of everything, mentally it was hard.

"Physically, I wasn't where I wanted to be. I didn't have the power, couldn't produce the shots I wanted to produce and that takes away confidence.

"We have the shots now. It's where we want to be. It's turning out to be a good trend."

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