After finishing runner-up a year ago, Watson’s final-round comeback ran out of steam at TPC Scottsdale. He again finished T-2 after closing with a 6-under 65.
“A couple shots here and there,” Watson said. “All in all, it was a great day.”
Watson opened with three birdies in his first four holes, then grabbed a share of the lead after holing a bunker shot on the par-3 12th. Watson birdied the par-5 13th, but he was unable to take advantage of any of the other birdie holes coming down the stretch at the Stadium Course.
“The driver’s working really good right now, the irons are always pretty good. It’s just making a few putts,” he said. “You know, at the start of the week, I’d be happy just having a chance on Sunday, but when push comes to shove, we always want a little bit more.”
Watson will now carry some extra momentum with him as he heads up the road to San Diego for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, an event he won in 2011.
“I haven’t played that much in the last few months, but I know I’m working on the right things,” he said. “My attitude is in the right spot. My mental game is in the right spot. It’s looking good for another great year.”