Bubba runs away with second Masters title
American Bubba Watson has claimed his second green jacket in three years with a three-shot Masters win at Augusta National Golf Club.
Watson backed up his 2012 playoff triumph posting a three-under 69 final round and an eight-under-par total to finish three clear of 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and Swede Jonas Blixt, who tied for second at five-under.
Adam Scott presents Bubba Watson with the 2014 Masters Green Jacket (Credit: Getty Images)
Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, at 50-years-old, claimed fourth place at four-under with Americans Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler tied for fifth a shot further back.
“Walking up 18 was a little bit easier this time,” said Watson, who beat Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off two years ago.
“This one is a lot different. The first one I kind of lucked into it, but this is a lot of hard work. After giving it back I wanted to get it back again.”
Watson put on a sensational display of driving, each time he gambled with his lead, but it paid off giving him flexibility with short iron approaches to the ever slick Augusta greens.
“Eight and nine were really the turning point where the momentum kind of went my way,” said Watson.
“It’s a dream to win and winning the green jacket is a really big deal.”
Watson joins an illustrious list of previous winners who have won the Masters more than once, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Seve Ballesteros.
Spieth emerges from this tournament with immense credit to his name. The 20-year-old Texan was seeking to become the youngest ever winner of the Masters in just his third appearance at a major.
Instead, Spieth fell narrowly short but displayed a gritty spirit and maturity in defeat as he simply refused to give up. He proved both to himself and others that he can go toe-to-toe with the best at a major and it is just a matter of time before Spieth wins in these bigger events.
John Senden was the best of the Aussies finishing an even par and in a tie for 8th position.
Senden has guaranteed a return to the Masters in 2015 by finishing inside the top-12, along with last year’s champion Adam Scott who has a lifetime exemption through his victory.
Scott’s final day 72 left him one-over and tied for 14th in his title defence with Jason Day finishing in a tie for 20th at two-over.
Steven Bowditch closed at four-over in his debut Masters and Oliver Goss finished off his Silver Cup-winning run as leading amateur at 10-over par with a final round 75.