Bubba Watson rallies for 2-stroke victory at Northern Trust Open

Feb. 16, 2014 at 6:52 PM

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Bubba Watson stormed from behind to win his fifth career PGA championship with a second straight 7-under-par 64 Sunday, claiming the Northern Trust Open.

Watson entered the final round in a sixth-place tie, four strokes behind overnight leader William McGirt, but reeled off five birdies on the first eight holes Sunday to get back into contention.

He carded six straight pars on the back nine and birdied No. 18 at Riviera Country Club to finish at 15-under-par 269, completing his first victory since the 2012 Masters.

Dustin Johnson registered a 5-under 66 to grab sole possession of second place at 13-under 271.

Sharing third one shot further back were Brian Harman (68) and Jason Allred (68).

Charl Schwartzel (68) took fifth at minus-11.

McGirt fell to a 2-over 73, ending in a sixth-place tie at minus-10 with Matt Every (67), George McNeill (71) and Bryce Molder (67).

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