PGA Tour

Watson wins World Challenge

2015-12-07 06:35
Bubba Watson (File)

Miami - Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson fired a six-under par 66 Sunday to win the Hero World Challenge invitational event in the Bahamas by three strokes.

The 37-year-old American, who won at Augusta in 2012 and 2014, captured the 18-man event hosted by Tiger Woods with a 72-hole total of 25-under 263 at the Albany resort.

Fellow American Patrick Reed was second on 266 after a 66 of his own with countryman Rickie Fowler shooting at 64 to stand fourth on 267, one stroke better than 2014 winner Jordan Spieth, the reigning Masters and US Open champion.

England's Paul Casey, who played in the final pairing alongside Watson, fired 70 to share fifth with American Bill Haas.

Watson had back-to-back birdies three different times Sunday, at the par-3 second and par-5 third, the par-5 sixth and par-4 seventh and on the first two holes of the back nine.

He birdied the par-4 14th and a bogey at the last only shrank the final victory margin.

England's Justin Rose fired a course-record 10-under par 62 Sunday, breaking the day-old mark shared by Casey and Watson.

Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, birdied the third and fourth holes, fired three in a row starting at the par-5 sixth, began the back nine with his sixth birdie and then fired four more in a row capped by a 2 at the par-3 17th.

He finished on 275 overall.

Scores after Sunday's final round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas (USA unless noted, par 72):

263 - Bubba Watson 67-67-63-66

266 - Patrick Reed 69-65-66-66

267 - Rickie Fowler 70-68-65-64

268 - Jordan Spieth 67-66-68-67

269 - Bill Haas 67-66-68-68, Paul Casey (ENG) 66-70-63-70

270 - Brooks Koepka 67-70-65-68

271 - JB Holmes 71-68-68-64, Jimmy Walker 66-67-71-67

272 - Adam Scott (AUS) 67-70-66-69, Chris Kirk 69-65-66-72

273 - Zach Johnson 66-70-67-70

275 - Justin Rose (ENG) 71-72-70-62

276 - Matt Kuchar 70-66-69-71

280 - Dustin Johnson 68-69-72-71

281 - Billy Horschel 71-70-73-67

284 - Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 75-73-70-66, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 69-70-73-72

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