Watson was never behind, starting with a birdie at the first hole. Then, he found a bunker on the par-3 fourth hole. Three down after four.
But with the way he's played lately, Watson may have no choice. And he went seven up with a birdie at the 10th.
Watson earned his second PGA Tour victory of the year by defeating Kevin Kisner 7 and 6 in the championship match on Sunday. Kisner had taken 40 shots to negotiate the front nine. He closed out Kisner shortly after at the par-5 12th.
The American has now won two majors and two WGC events in his career, an accomplishment he is quite proud of. "He made a lot of birdies out there and played well enough to be deserving to be in the final match".
"It's nice to be back to form".
Watson's dominant win against Kevin Kisner set him up as one of the favorites at Augusta next week, something the lanky left-hander could barely dream about growing up in Bagdad, Florida.
Heading to the Masters, which he describes as the "greatest sporting event in golf history", he is determined to keep his head down - "look like a zombie" - and not get distracted by the hype surrounding him.
The victory came as a surprise to Watson, who now has 11 career PGA Tour titles.
"It's one of those things, I got off to a hot start, and I'm just focused on golf", a teary-eyed Watson told NBC Sports after closing out his match. I get a paper cut and I'm out for a week or so.
"She knew I'd rather be playing golf than being stuck behind a desk or a counter".
"I didn't really make any mistakes", Watson said. We should know by now that with Watson, you have to expect the unexpected.
Kisner admitted it was an afternoon to forget.
You can guess what happened next. Everything was fine until I got to the second tee. "Look like a zombie or whatever you want to call it, try to focus on me, try to focus on my shots, and be committed to every shot, like I was this week". "I tried to stick with my game plan but everything went left or right".
"The family weren't going to go without me as they are all waiting for me".
Noren beat Thomas 5&3 for third place. He was bitterly disappointed not to have made the final and was determined to make Thomas feel the force of that disappointment.
"That's really all I'm trying to do". 'I need to be mentally stronger than that.' As for Watson, he was supposed to start a family vacation on Sunday.
A Callaway representative said it was just "Phil being Phil" and tinkering with his current setup, but it's a situation worth monitoring going forward, especially when you consider it's been three years since PM Grind launched.
For several players in the field, it was a week of missed opportunities. After escaping in 19 holes against Alex Noren in his semifinal match, Kisner didn't put up much of a fight. Thomas, who has won twice this season and lost in a playoff after winning five times last season, would have supplanted Johnson as world No. 1 if he had beaten Watson. Winning the Masters would certainly be a better way to reach the peak, wouldn't it?
"I haven't had such a hard time not thinking about something so much", Thomas said. "Next time I am going to find out exactly what I have to do myself". Among his five match victories were triumphs against world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.
Watson delayed a planned vacation after reaching Sunday's semifinals, and he will continue to climb up the U.S. Ryder Cup team points after contemplating retirement while battling an undisclosed illness previous year.