05 February 2011

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Tiger Woods

Just when things seemingly couldn't get any worse for this champion turned non-contender, Woods turned in a 3-over par 75 on Sunday. He had just one round over par in 43 professional rounds at Torrey Pines entering the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open, but left two in a row.

Shot of the day

While tournament champion Bubba Watson claimed a 9-foot par putt on No. 17 was the pivotal shot of his final round, nothing can top the putt he made on No. 18. He sunk a 12-foot, heavily breaking putt to win a tournament, when a miss surely would've forced a playoff with fan favorite Phil Mickelson, who has been playing this course his whole life. Nothing beats a smart putt to win a tournament.

Disaster of the day

Bill Haas fell from co-leader to player competitor without consequence while in the leaders' group. He didn't have a birdie until the 10th and simply fell apart at round's end. He followed a double bogey on No. 16 with a bogey on No. 17, which officially took him out of contention.

Clubhouse chatter

"I'm still the same goofy guy that hits a ball real far using a driver with a bright pink shaft. I don't see myself as a rock star or a fan favorite. I'm just Bubba Watson from Bagdad, Florida, a simple guy that loves to play the game of golf."

-- Tournament champion Bubba Watson, on whether his run of success has changed him in any way.

Turning point

Bubba Watson's victory became much more secure when his closest competition, PGA tour rookie Jhonattan Vegas, went for it all on the 18th hole and came up short. Vegas went all in on his second shot, using a 5 iron to set up what he hoped to be a makeable eagle putt that would put pressure squarely on Watson. Vegas tapped out, landing that shot in the lake known as Devlin's Billabong, and gave Watson a clear path to the title.

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