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Late surge gives Watson second win

SAN DIEGO - The best Lefty at Torrey Pines on Sunday turned out to be Bubba Watson. Watson made clutch putts on the final two holes, including a 12-foot birdie on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67 to win the Farmers Insurance Open in a finish filled with the kind of drama few could have predicted. Phil Mickelson - the other Lefty and the San Diego favorite - was one shot behind and was only 228 yards away in the rough when he decided to lay up before Watson attempted his birdie putt. Then came a loud cheer as Watson sank his putt for a two-shot lead, meaning Mickelson would have to hole out a wedge from 72 yards for eagle to force a playoff. He had his caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay tend the flag - rare for a full shot from the fairway - and the gallery gasped when the ball landed just behind the hole and started to spin back toward the cup. But it never had a chance.
Mickelson closed with a 69 to finish one shot behind. Watson finished at 16-under 272 for his second victory, although this one came against a much stronger field than his playoff win at the Travelers Championship last summer. Tiger Woods, who started the final round eight shots behind, closed with a 75 to end his five-tournament winning streak at Torrey Pines. He had never finished out of the top 10 at Torrey Pines, but wound up 15 shots back in a tie for 44th. Watson held off Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Jhonattan Vegas, the Venezuela rookie coming off a win at the Bob Hope Classic last week. Vegas tied Watson for the lead on the 10th hole and stayed in range throughout the back nine until his 5-iron from the first cut of rough on the 18th came up well short and into the water. PGA EUROPEAN: Paul Casey sank a 5-foot par putt at the last hole to win the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions for his first title in 20 months. The Englishman closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 20-under 268. Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jimenez, who birdied the last to finish at 269, tied for second.
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