Bubba Watson won the Masters for a second time after fighting off the challenge from talented debutant Jordan Spieth.
The 20-year-old American roared out of the blocks to race into an early lead, but a bogey on each the eighth and ninth holes stopped his momentum dead in its tracks leaving the way clear for Watson to claim his second major title.
“It’s overwhelming,” said Watson. “To win twice, to be with the great names; again, small-town guy named Bubba now has two green jackets, it’s pretty wild.”
Playing alongside Spieth in the final group, a four-shot swing in the space of two holes meant Watson was in the driving seat heading into the back nine. His scorecard read seven pars, one birdie and one bogey for those final nine holes, giving him victory by three shots.
“It’s an amazing feeling to have a chance to go to Scotland, the Home of Golf. I mean, how would you not want to play golf there?" - 2014 Masters champion Bubba Watson
“Having a three-shot lead, as long as my playing partner didn’t hole it from the fairway, I was very comfortable. Hit a good shot, attacked the pin again, as I always do, and hit a little 9-iron right on top of the flag. It was a lot easier coming down the last few holes, especially the last hole, knowing that I had a couple shots to play with.”
Following his win, US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson tweeted Bubba Watson saying ‘See you on the plane for Gleneagles’ and Bubba says he will come here to win.
“It’s an amazing feeling to have a chance to go to Scotland, the Home of Golf. I mean, how would you not want to play golf there? I love it, going over there and playing golf, so I can’t wait. I know a win here is double points, so I figure I made the team.
“It’s a great feeling. Can’t wait to get over there. Obviously I’d like to win one. I haven’t won a Ryder Cup yet, so that’s the next big tournament I’d like to win.
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