Bubba Watson ended his big week in L.A. as the star of his own show Sunday at Riviera.
Two shots behind with four holes to play, Watson birdied two of his last three holes to overtake Jason Kokrak and hold off Adam Scott for a one-shot victory in the Northern Trust Open.
Watson, who closed with a 3-under-par 68, won at Riviera for the second time in three years and moved back to No. 4 in the world. He finished at 15-under 269 for his ninth career victory on the PGA Tour.
Watson took advantage of some late mistakes by Kokrak, who was going for his first PGA Tour victory, and his two birdies were enough to turn back the late heroics of Scott, who chipped in for birdie on the 18th for a 67. Kokrak had a 68 to tie for second with Scott.
Rory McIlroy made eagle on the par-5 first hole to tie for the lead. He didn't make a birdie until the 18th, giving him a 75 to tie for 20th.
Former Spring Lake Park golfer Troy Merritt shot a 72 to finish tied for 11th at 276. Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., the only amateur in the field, shot a 77 to finish at 289.
Nomura wins Women's Australian Open
Haru Nomura won the Women's Australian Open for her first LPGA Tour title, closing with a 7-under 65 for a three-stroke victory. Nomura finished at 16-under 272. Top-ranked defending champion Lydia Ko was second after a 67. Five-time champion Karrie Webb shot a 71 to finish third at 9 under.
U.S. blanks Canada
Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath scored in the second half and the United States defeated Canada 2-0 Sunday in the final match at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
Both teams had already claimed the region's two spots in the Rio Olympics this summer with semifinal victories. The United States has won the past three gold medals and four overall since women's soccer became an Olympic sport in 1996.
Vonn takes third, humor intact
Tina Weirather won a slushy super-G for her first victory of the season while Lindsey Vonn laughed at a reminder of her social media gaffe during another podium finish.
Weirather finished 0.57 seconds ahead of Lara Gut with Vonn 0.64 back in third.
For Vonn, it was a second consecutive podium result after losing sleep to clean up damage from an ill-advised Facebook post.
Vonn apologized to her equipment supplier Friday after posting a video of an angry outburst in which she destroyed her bindings with a hammer following a downhill where one ski detached.
The DJ during Sunday's race poked fun at Vonn by playing MC Hammer's 1990 hit "U Can't Touch This," during the American's run.
"That was funny," Vonn said. "There's a lot of jokes out now but I did it to myself.''
AROUND THE HORN
NFL: Former Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer sold his ring from the first Super Bowl for more than $125,000. The ring was among more than 50 items from Kramer that were auctioned Proceeds from the auction were expected to be about $350,000. ... Former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested in Kansas again, this time on charges of battery, drug possession and criminal damage, court records there show. This is his fifth arrest in the past 17 months.
Tennis: Nick Kyrgios won his first career title with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory over fourth-seeded Marin Cilic in the Open 13 final in Marseille, France. ... Sam Querrey beat Rajeev Ram 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) in the Delray Beach (Fla.) Open.
Ice dancing: Three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada produced a personal-best score to win the Four Continents championship in Tapei, Taiwan, edging China's Jin Boyang, who became the first skater to complete four quadruple jumps in one free skating program in international competition.