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Two-shot victory for Watson

Pacific Palisades: Bubba Watson was rewarded for his impressive early season form when he stormed to his first PGA Tour title since the 2012 Masters with a two-shot victory at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

Four strokes off the pace going into the final round, the American left-hander seized control with five birdies in the first eight holes on the way to a flawless seven-under-par 64 at a sun-splashed Riviera Country Club.

Watson, who has long relished playing at the revered venue despite never having posted a top-10 finish in seven previous starts, finished up in style as he rolled in a 14-foot birdie putt at the last to post a 15-under total of 269.

“I am hitting the ball really well... And it worked out this week,” an elated Watson said after clinching his fifth PGA Tour title and the winner’s cheque for $1.206 million.

“Things are great right now,” said the American, who went bogey-free at Riviera over the weekend as he fired successive 64s.