Watson made clutch putts on the last two holes Sunday, including a 12-foot birdie on the par-5 18th for a five-under-par 67 to win the Farmers Insurance Open in a finish that was dramatic for peculiar reasons.
Phil Mickelson -- that other lefty and the San Diego favorite -- was one shot behind when he chose to lay up from the rough on the 18th before Watson attempted his birdie putt. Watson made the putt, and Mickelson's only hope was to hole out from 72 yards for eagle.
Mickelson had his caddie, Jim Mackay, tend the flag. His shot landed about 4 feet behind the hole, but stopped well short of going in. Mickelson closed with a 69.
The victory was particularly meaningful for Watson. His father Gerry died late last year following a long battle with lung cancer.
"It means a lot," a tearful Watson said greenside. "My dad is not here. Mom, I love you."