Bubba hopes for another boost from NTO


LOS ANGELES – Bubba Watson is hoping to reprise last year’s victory lap around Riviera Country Club – and not just for the short-term spoils.

His triumph at the Northern Trust Open was followed by a second-place finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and, of course, a second career Masters title.

“It kind of got me springboarded in the right direction,” he said of a win that featured rounds of 64-64 on the weekend. “Played good the rest of the year, my best year on Tour, and then another Masters and then China, HSBC. So, yeah, it was a good springboard. Got me over the hump without winning since 2012, so it was nice. Nice to get that win and that great weekend.”

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Watson said he’d gladly take reproduction of last year’s results, starting with this week.

“I always get excited. I get excited about the West Coast – doesn't matter if it's the West Coast or East Coast or wherever we start, I just get excited about the new year and the new season starting. I guess I'm like a little kid; the sugar runs out, and I die halfway through the through the year.

“I've got off to a good start. Seems like Doral is my key. If I finish second in Doral, I'm going to have a good shot at Doral because every time I've won the Masters, I've finished second at Doral. Hope I finish second at Doral this year.”