Watson trains sights on Augusta

19 February 2018 05:00:56 EST

Bubba Watson claimed his first victory for two years and 10th overall PGA Tour title after firing a final-round 2-under-par 69 to capture the Genesis Open in California.

Watson's previous victory had come at this event in 2016 and he showed his love for Riviera Country Club once more by recording a two-shot triumph over fellow Americans Tony Finau and Kevin Na to record his third win in the tournament.

I'm looking forward to the Masters.

Bubba Watson

Two more United States players, Scott Stallings and Patrick Cantlay, shared fourth place, while Phil Mickleson continued his return to form with tied sixth alongside Canadian Adam Hadwin.

But the headlines were made by Watson, who seized control of the tournament when holing a bunker shot at 14. Another par breaker at 17 gave him breathing space and he made a solid four at the final hole to win with 12-under-par.

The left-hander said: "Did I think I was going to win this week? No, but the trend was going into the right direction. My confidence level's getting up, my ball-striking's getting where I want it to be, my iron play, getting my distance back."

Watson will now bid to score a third victory at the Masters following wins at the Augusta National in 2012 and 2014.

"I'm looking forward to the Masters," he said. "It's like my joke, Fred Couples, every time Fred Couples shows up, you see his name on the leaderboard at the Masters.

"I don't care how old he is, doesn't matter. He's a kid in the candy store and he loves the game of golf when he gets to the Masters. It's the Masters.

"So I'm always looking forward to it. I'm not saying I'm going to have a chance to win it, but I'm in the field, so I have a chance."

Watson is 16/1 to win the Masters for a third time, with Dustin Johnson 11/1 and Jordan Spieth 10/1.

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