Watson's last win came at Riviera on February 21, 2016 when the tournament was known as the Northern Trust Open. "My wife was not close", he said. "My wife was not close", he conceded. "I started hitting it more out of the middle of the face, seeing the shape that I wanted to, and I just played really solid all day today".
"I'm definitely in shouting distance, that's for sure", said Johnson, who teed off on the 10th and claimed the only birdie of his first nine holes at the par-five 11th.
What else could he do? It was never hard to figure out where Woods was on the golf course, and that was particularly true for Saunders.
Watson already has two green jackets. "So you've got to just keep fighting and hopefully you make more birdies than bogeys".
Playing in her first tournament as a full LPGA member, Ko shot 65, 69, 71, 69, to lead after all four rounds and finish with a 14-under 274 at the Kooyonga Golf Club.
After the shot, Watson pointed to his caddie and said "You called it", before Smith came over to remind him that actually 'No, you called it'. The long-hitting left-hander carded a closing two-under 69 to finish at 12-under 272 for his third victory at Riviera, after previous successes in 2014 and 2016.
There were plenty of highlight moments on Sunday for Watson.
Northern Ireland's McDowell shot a five-under 66, while Cantlay posted a 69.
Kevin Na and Tony Finau ended the week tied second with Scott Stallings and Patrick Cantlay in tied fourth.
Oh, and holing out is a pretty rare feat for Watson.
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"[Watson] feels very comfortable moving the ball, turning it a lot".
Baddeley also let slip a chance to win.
Still, McIlroy suggested that not every missed shot was Woods' fault.
More fantastic was the fact that the ball went in at all given how Watson's bunker play had been pretty bad thus far in 2017-'18.
"I'm not going to retire", said Watson. "I feel like I played better than finishing whatever it is, 25th or whatever it's going to be".
Watson said the key to success at Riveria is understanding some bounces won't go your way. Anything more complicated than that and he runs the risk of losing what makes him so unique and - when the stars align and a course like Riviera or Augusta National, where he's won twice, asks the right questions - virtually unbeatable. Without a victory since 215, he has plummeted to 219th in the world rankings and arrived at Riviera off three straight missed cuts to start the season.
Far more memorable was getting his 10th career PGA Tour victory.
"I thought about retirement".
QUOTABLE: "My goal has always been to get 10 wins and so this got (me) to my 10th win".
Somehow, through all the adversity and distractions, he found a way to be Bubba again. "Somehow we're here making fun of it".