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Genesis Open 2018: Three-putts derails Anirban Lahiri

21 February 2018

Like Smith, Baddeley stumbled at the tough stretch from 12 to 16 where he gave back both shots with bogeys at 13 and 15 but the former victor at Riviera will be pleased with his play.

Fellow Americans Kevin Na and Tony Finau tied for second on 10-under. Ben Hogan and Lloyd Mangrum are the only other three-time winners at Riviera.

The victory was the third of Watson's career at Riviera (2014, '16 and now '18).

"But like I said, it's just a part of it". "You start out really hot, and so you just kind of use that momentum and go from there".

He put on a clinic at Riviera, somehow managed to keep his focus, carved shots around, over and through the trees, and he made all the right putts.

Tied for 42nd in the Genesis Open overnight after a disappointing, two-over 73 on Saturday, the four-time major victor birdied his last two holes to close with a three-under 68 and a likely top 25 finish on three-under par.

"I've mentioned it about 10, 12 times to my wife", he said. "I'm here, I'm healthy", Watson said, declaring he's back to 81kg.

"It's cost me a lot of shots over the years", confirmed Woods.

Cantlay shot his second consecutive 69, including a 54-foot, 3-inch birdie putt on the 18th hole, the longest made putt of his 47-start PGA Tour career. Finau lurked all day.

But early pacesetter Graeme McDowell slipped out of the top 25 with a 77 yesterday to end two under. Scott Stallings and Patrick Cantlay were one shot further back in a share of fourth place.

Phil Mickelson enjoyed another good week and had a chance to win. But he went after birdie and watched the ball roll 20 feet down the hill, leading to bogey.

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The 32-year-old Dutchman shot a 4-under 68 to finish on 16-under 272, two shots ahead of his friend, England's Chris Wood (69). It was his third successive Top-10, and first since 2009.

His big moment came on the 14th. Playing partner Cameron Smith told him it was at the next hole.

"I wish it wasn't, I wish people didn't think it was so amusing to yell and all that stuff while we're trying to hit shots and play".

Yelling during backswings is commonplace, as are the calls of "Get in the hole!" and "You da man!" By then, Watson had forgotten their conversation.

"We guessed right on No. 1 today trying to get the right yardage, the right club for the wind and everything", Watson said. Never know if you are going to be able to lift a trophy again.

Na s back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11 saw him move to 11-under, but his bid stalled with a brace of bogeys at 12 and 13.

"When you don't have the strength to hit the shots you want, it changes everything". He won Riviera in 2016 while filming a cameo in "Girl Meets World". That's a result of not challenging much lately and even affects Major winners and good frontrunners like G-Mac.

As for that retirement talk?

"So many things... I thought about retirement".

He added that apart from the downward spiral in results he had been ill a year ago, but did not disclose what had affected him, while his wife needed surgery.

Genesis Open 2018: Three-putts derails Anirban Lahiri