Watson flattened fellow American Kevin Kisner 7 and6 in a hopelessly one-sided final, after beating world No 2 Justin Thomas in the semis. That does happen to golfers, of course, even (especially) at the highest level of the game. "So focused on committing to the shots, there was about four or five shots throughout the week where I wasn't committed, where I kind of blanked out, and so, that's pretty good over a 100-and-something holes, however many holes we played".
Watson advanced to an all-Georgia Bulldogs final against Kevin Kisner, who outlasted the putting-challenged Alex Noren in 19 holes. Watson seized the lead with a birdie on the first hole and added three more and an eagle, his third of the week, and Thomas simply wasn't at his best.
His win came with the start of the Masters, the year's first major event which he won in 2012 and 2014, looming on April 5 and Watson confident as he heads for Augusta National. It's also his second win this season, and his second career World Golf Championships victory. Obviously the play-off didn't go how I wanted but I'm happy for him and proud of him. Watson ended a year ago 89th in the world rankings, a ludicrous scenario for someone of his talent. Watson was 6 up after 7 and victory was not a matter of "if" but "when".
"Last year was the lowest point, I would have to say one of my lowest points in my life", Watson said.
"But then I can't stay out of the country too long as I have to get dressed-up and be ready to return to Augusta".
"Match play is not my favorite", Watson said.
Watson caught him on a day when Thomas couldn't buy a putt, and Watson made his share of them in a 3-and-2 victory that sent him into a championship match that wasn't much of a contest.
"I think my mentality fits the format well but I hadn't been playing well coming into it, so I did a lot of prep this week and starting to see some results out here". Kisner found himself five down after as many holes, perhaps the outcome of a gruelling semi-final against Alex Noren which stretched to a 19th hole. 'I need to be mentally stronger than that.' As for Watson, he was supposed to start a family vacation on Sunday. "But, yeah, when I get there, I'm going to look forward to it and hopefully I can get this focus and my putter rolling like it is".
"That was a tough match", Kisner said. Just plays with his hands, pictures a shot, makes a decision.
Noren and Thomas will face off in the third-place match.
By the time he teed off Sunday morning for his semifinal match with Justin Thomas, Watson was supposed to be on a flight out of the country. Thomas had to drain his birdie putt to have any chance, and he did.
Garnett carded a closing 70 to finish 18 under par, four shots ahead of compatriot Keith Mitchell.
The 34-year-old Garnett, a two-time victor last year on the Web.com Tour, finished at 18-under 270.
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo dropped out on Friday, finishing last in the 132-man field in his PGA Tour debut.