Bubba Watson won his second green jacket on Sunday when he shot a final-round 69 at the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. He first won the Masters in 2012. He was the only player in the top seven to shoot in the 60s in the final round.
Watson admits it was an overwhelming experience for “a small-town guy” such as him to have won two green jackets. He joins the ranks of other golf greats, such as Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods, who have also won the Masters in a short span of time. “To be with those great names… It’s pretty wild,” he enthused.
Watson’s biggest contender for the top spot was Jordan Spieth, who shot a final-round 72 to tie with Jonas Blixt of Sweden for second place. If Spieth had won, he would have been the youngest Masters winner in history at age 20, and the youngest to win a major golf championship since 1931.
Spieth said it was an incredible experience to have played in the Masters and one he had always dreamed about. He was able to have a two-shot lead over Watson at the third hole and was also able to match Watson’s birdie at the par-3 sixth. He pulled away at the seventh with a birdie, giving him another two-shot lead.
The game’s turning point came at the par-5 eighth, when Spieth wasn't able to go for the green in 2. He did, however, give himself a birdie chance, which was followed by a bogey. Watson made a birdie tie, and birdied again at the ninth. He bogeyed the tenth, pulling away from Spieth to get the leverage he needed to win the tournament.
Aside from the Masters, Watson has had six wins on the PGA Tour. He has never taken a lesson, but those who have seen him play are awed at his uncanny ability to hit seemingly impossible shots.
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