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HK Golfer - - Contents - By The Edi­tors

Pictorial re­view of last 30 days around the world.

It’s been just two years since Bubba Wat­son hoisted a tro­phy on the PGA Tour. Since his last vic­tory, which was also a shootout at Riviera Coun­try Club in 2016, Wat­son was passed over for a cap­tain’s pick at the 2016 Ry­der Cup, en­dured a mys­tery ill­ness, lost his con­fi­dence, his de­sire and the bet­ter part of 40 pounds.

Wat­son seized con­trol in the fi­nal round with two par putts as ev­ery­one around him was drop­ping shots, then pulling ahead by hol­ing a bunker shot on the par-3 14th hole. He closed with a 2-un­der 69 for a two-shot vic­tory in the Ge­n­e­sis Open over Kevin Na and Tony Finau, and more tears on the 18th green.

Wat­son showed up this year at No. 117, com­ing off a year filled with so many doubts that he says he dis­cussed re­tire­ment with his wife on a dozen oc­ca­sions.

He joined Ben Ho­gan and Lloyd Man­grum as three-time win­ners at Riviera. Ho­gan’s vic­to­ries in­clude a U.S. Open.

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