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Golf

Watson gets first win since 2012 Masters

– Bubba Watson lost track of time.

He didn’t realize it had been nearly two years and 41 tournaments since his last victory.

A reminder came Sunday afternoon, after he birdied the 18th hole to win the Northern Trust Open by two shots. Walking up the steps to the clubhouse he saw his son, Caleb, who was adopted shortly before Watson won the 2012 Masters.

Watson was alone in his green jacket that day. This time, wife and son were at Riviera to watch a masterpiece.

He played the final 39 holes without a bogey. He had a 64-64 weekend. He made up a four-shot deficit in six holes, and closed with the lowest round by a winner of this tournament in 28 years.

“When I won the Masters, it was just me,” Watson said. “Family members were there, but not my wife and not my son, who was just adopted at that point, and now is two weeks away from being 2 years old. What a thrill. We’ll have some pictures with him and my wife and the trophy, so it’s nice.”

Watson won by two shots over Dustin Johnson, who closed with a 66 for the second straight week and got the same result – second place. Johnson finished one shot behind Jimmy Walker last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

“When you shoot 14 under on the weekend, it’s tough to beat that,” Johnson said.

LPGA: In Melbourne, Australia, Australia’s Karrie Webb won the Women’s Australian Open for the record fifth time, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat South Africa’s Chella Choi by a stroke.

Webb birdied the 18th hole, then watched as Choi, who shot a course-record 62 on Saturday, push her 10-foot putt wide at 18 to miss a chance for a playoff.

Webb, 39,. finished at 12-under 276 at Victoria Golf Club for her 40th LPGA Tour title. The Hall of Famer also won the event in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008.

Webb won a week after getting disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard at the Australian Ladies Masters.

CHAMPIONS: In Naples, Fla., Kirk Triplett won the ACE Group Classic for his third Champions Tour title, holing a 6-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory.

Triplett, 51, shot a 6-under 66 to finish at 16-under 200 on TwinEagles’ Talon Course.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer, Duffy Waldorf and Olin Browne tied for second.

EUROPEAN: In East London, South Africa, South Africa’s Thomas Aiken won the Africa Open, beating England’s Oliver Fisher with a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

Aiken finished with a 5-under 67 to match Fisher (69) at 24-under 264. Aiken won his third European Tour title and gave South Africa its 36th victory in 58 tour events in the country.

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