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Watson holds off Mickelson at Torrey Pines

Jan. 30, 2011 at 7:16 PM   |   Comments

LA JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Bubba Watson birdied the 18th hole Sunday, clinching his second career PGA victory with a 5-under-par 67 to claim the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Watson, leading Phil Mickelson by a single stroke, drained a 15-foot putt for birdie on the 18th, forcing Mickelson to try for an eagle on the final hole to stay in it.

But Mickelson wasn't able to hole a wedge shot from the fairway, handing Watson the one-stroke win with a 16-under 272.

Watson, who made six birdies on the day, dedicated the win to his father, who died of lung cancer a few months after the golfer had taken his first career win last year in Hartford, Conn.

Jhonattan Vegas and D.A. Points both made charges, but finished a bit short. Vegas (68) ended tied with Dustin Johnson (66) for third place at 13-under 275 and Points (67) claimed sole possession of fifth one shot further back.

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