On a steamy afternoon Woods started to dial in his iron play after salvaging pars at Nos. 10 and 11 despite poor tee shots. He stuck an iron to 11 feet at 12 but didn’t read enough break on the right-to-left bender and wedged to 6 feet at 13 but didn’t touch the hole.
No wonder the tears started flowing after Watson holed an eight-foot par putt at the 72nd hole for a 12-under 272 aggregate. Watson said he wondered if he’d ever win again. He even considered retirement. “I was close” he said. “My wife told me to quit whining and play golf. She’s a lot tougher than I am. I get a paper cut and I’m out for a week.”
“That’s the essence of Bubba Golf” Scott said. “That’s why I have the best seat in the house.” Watson’s decline last year was swift spiraling and seemingly irreversible (not to mention surprising given his given his extraordinary length and artistry).