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.”
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.”