Tearful Watson holds off Mickelson

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The American Bubba Watson held off late charges by Phil Mickelson and Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas to clinch his second PGA Tour title with an emotional one-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open late on Sunday.

Left-hander Watson coolly birdied the par-five last as he closed with a sparkling five-under-par 67 at Torrey Pines. The long-hitting 32-year-old got up and down from a greenside bunker at the 18th, sinking a curling 12-footer before celebrating.

The three-times champion Mickelson had a chance to force a play-off by holing a wedge shot from 72 yards but his ball ended up four feet from the pin.

"It means a lot," said a tearful Watson, whose father Gerry died late last year after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.