Bubba Watson recovers from a kidney stone to win in Los Angeles

The win was Watson's ninth on the PGA Tour

BY Daniel Kelly 08:25 Monday 22 February 2016, 8:25 22 Feb 2016

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson shot a final round of 66 to win for the ninth time in his career on the PGA Tour.

Watson won the Northern Trust Open by a single shot, finishing ahead of Jason Kokrak and Adam Scott. The victory at Riviera GC was Watson's second at the course in three years.

The 37-year-old will be delighted with his first win of the season. The last time Watson won at Riviera, he went on to win the Masters at Augusta.

It was a testing week for Watson, who had to pass a kidney stone on Monday. "Sunday morning, playing with the kids, I had to go take a bathroom break, and red liquid came out. I said, 'This ain't right.'" He revealed that a doctor cleared him to play after passing the stone on Monday.

Rory McIlroy started the Sunday, by eagling the first hole to briefly be in a tie for first place. The World Number Three ended up in a tie for 20th after shooting a final round of 75. Padraig Harrington finished in 45th place on -2.

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