From there, it seemed easy for Watson, who made all pars and one two-putt birdie the rest of way for a two-shot victory, his first win in two years. And then to get sick, lose all this weight. all those things added in.
About all he had were options.
"After No. 11 it's all into the wind for the next five or so holes", Watson said.
He wound up sticking to golf, as if that was never an option.
Spieth struggled on the greens two weeks ago at TPC Scottsdale, but he began to right the ship at Pebble Beach and cracked the top 10 this week at the Genesis Open.
Watson shot a two-under 69 on Sunday, allowing him to stay in first place on the leaderboard, and win the Genesis Open. "You're going to know you're going to make a mistake, especially on a Sunday, and you've got to keep fighting and hopefully your fight is better than everybody else's fight". "Somehow I played those holes under par".
The southern California native grew up playing Riviera, and indeed played his first US PGA Tour event here as a 16-year-old in 1992. The following week, he finished one shot behind at the World Golf Championships event at Doral.
Cantlay, a former top-ranked amateur, will be seeking his second US PGA Tour title, after winning in Las Vegas in November.
Among the low points was the end of 2016, when he was No. 7 in the world and still didn't make or was picked for the Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine. Playing partner Cameron Smith told him it was at the next hole.
Winners are winners and perhaps he just lost the feel for a while, but you could see how much he wanted it by how aggressively he played, always at the right times.
Ice storm warning in effect
There is a good chance of freezing rain-drizzle through the morning today with high around 25, the National Weather Service said. The beneficial rain could total as much as 5 inches by the start of next week, which would significantly help the drought.
Pacific Palisades: A series of three-putts came in the way of a strong final round for India's Anirban Lahiri, who slipped to tied 26th on the final day of the Genesis Open golf tournament. 98-96, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest.
This is the 11th time Watson has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead, recording three victories in those instances.
After turning even par for the day a birdie at the 11th got him to within one shot of the top spot but the hard run of holes from the 12 to 16 proved his undoing. On the back nine, he made three birdies.
He was just warming up. But while going for a birdie he had the ball rolling 20 feet down the hill leading to a bogey. Cantlay missed, Watson made, keeping the deficit at one shot. "I can't believe I'm going to lift the trophy here in a second".
It was that four-hole stretch that carried him - a 10-foot birdie putt after hitting his approach into the bunker on the par-5 11th; the 8-foot par save after coming up short on No. 12; another 8-foot save on No. 13 when another shot came up short; and the bunker shot on the 14th. "I said, 'Nah, I'm just going to hole it and then go straight to the bathroom'".
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings.
Was he really close to calling it quits?
"I was close. My wife was not close." he said.
"Obviously, God has given me a gift to play golf".
"I would rather be healthy than play golf, so that's what I was focusing on, and I was focusing on the wrong things - pitiful me and not how handsome my life was, things like that". "So, that's what I was focusing on. Pitiful me, not how handsome my life was".