Watson wins NTO by 1 over Scott, Kokrak


There was no shortage of drama Sunday in Los Angeles, as the outcome of the Northern Trust Open was in doubt right to the very end. Here's how things ended up at Riviera Country Club, where Bubba Watson rallied to win this event for the second time in the last three years:

Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-15), Adam Scott (-14), Jason Kokrak (-14), Dustin Johnson (-13), K.J. Choi (-12), Marc Leishman (-12), Chez Reavie (-11)

What it means: Watson began the day with a slim advantage, but the standings remained clogged for much of the day until Kokrak briefly built a two-shot lead. Watson caught up with a birdie on No. 16, then added another on No. 17 to take a one-shot lead as Kokrak stalled out. Scott added some drama with a chip-in on the final hole to reach 14 under, but it still left him one shot short as Watson recorded his ninth career PGA Tour win and fifth win over a two-year span.

Round of the day: Canadian Adam Hadwin had the day's lowest score, a 5-under 66 that included only a single bogey. Hadwin began on the back nine and opened with three birdies over his first seven holes, adding three more birdies coming home to move up 34 spots in the standings into a tie for 16th at 7 under.

Best of the rest: Scott got off to a red-hot start, playing his first six holes in 5 under while holing putt after putt. Although he dropped back with a double bogey on No. 8 and failed to capitalize on several mid-range putts down the stretch, his unexpected chip-in to close gave him a 4-under 67 and his best result since winning at Colonial nearly two years ago.

Biggest disappointment: Rory McIlroy began the day in contention and promptly eagled the opening hole to take a share of the lead. From there, though, things went sideways for the former world No. 1. McIlroy bogeyed seven of his next 15 holes and didn't record a birdie until No. 18, a putt that merely salvaged a 4-over 75 and a share of 20th place.

Shot of the day: Ryan Moore made a rare hole-in-one on No. 16 en route to a T-10 finish, but Watson's approach to the par-3 a few groups later proved even more pivotal. He spun an 8-iron to within 10 feet and made the subsequent putt, the first of two birdies in a row that took him to the top of the standings for good.

Quote of the day: "You never know when your last win's going to be." - Watson, who won for the first time since last summer's Travelers Championship.