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Bubba Watson trending in right direction after Riviera win

Bubba Watson says he was contemplating retirement.

The two-time Masters champion had gone two years without winning. He fell out of the top 100 in the world ranking for the first time in 10 years. He was losing power and losing confidence, and didn't matter which color golf ball he was using. Worst of all, he was losing weight from an illness he still doesn't want to talk about.

About all he had were options.

"I have a car dealership, a candy store and a baseball team," Watson said. "We had something to do."

He wound up sticking to golf, as if that was never an option. One week at Riviera was a reminder that "Bubba Golf" remains a...