He shaped shots to the right and to the left, figured out how to make the right putts, holed a bunker shot and closed with a 2-under 69 for a two-shot victory in the Genesis Open that changes his outlook. So my wife, my kids, Ted Scott, my caddie of 12 years has been wonderful.
In truth, it was both.
The catalyst to the victory was a hole-out for birdie from a greenside bunker on the par-3 14th hole.
Luiten would be the first Dutchman to play in the competition, so it would be massive for him and the country.
"I was kind of, you know, skiing uphill with my putting after Phoenix and the beginning of Pebble week, and really just for a little while now through the new year", Spieth said. So you never know if that was going to be the last time.
Once he got to the bunker, Watson and Scott then began discussing strategy.
Watson made a couple of key saves on those same holes before the 14th proved to be pivotal. For every 100 knowledgable, well-meaning patrons, you get one doofus yelping, "Baba Booey!" or "mashed potatoes!" on a random tee shot. The implication being that now was the time to end that drought.
It's certain that there's more going on internally, but when he's playing his best the sum total of Watson's game can be simply explained - see ball, hit ball. Having forgotten about his previous conversation with Smith, Watson pointed to his caddie and yelled, "You called it". By then, Watson had forgotten their conversation.
First-round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez was two strokes back. It was a magnificent back-nine performance on a Riviera layout that took its toll on most of the contenders.
"To do it twice was awesome, and then have a chance on the back nine on Sunday to do it again, and then to pull it off, that's very special".
Playing one group ahead, England's Wood was right in the mix and tied with Luiten at 15-under when their fortunes went in opposite directions nearly at the same time.
"The last year-and-a-half, nearly two years give or take, it's been a struggle because I want to be at the top", Watson said. When he finished the hole, Watson was a stroke behind Kevin Na and playing partner Patrick Cantlay.
Bubba Watson leads the field heading into Sunday's final round on 10 under par. Na was left to lament on his back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes, while Finau would rue two three-putts on his opening nine holes.
Asked about possible retirement, he added: "I was close. Like par-and-a-half", Na said.
Watson hit a delicate chip from short of the 12th green to 8 feet and made the par putt on its last turn.
"Barrie did so much for boys' golf, in particular, in Scotland, so I thought it would be a great tribute to run a tournament in his honour", said Spencer Henderson, Scottish Golf's national boys' coach and a driving force behind the event being launched.