Bubba Watson Wins Second Career Masters Tournament
Just two years after his epic playoff victory against Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson reigns supreme once more at Augusta National Golf Club. The long driving southpaw took the 36-hole lead going into the weekend and never looked back. This is Bubba’s sixth PGA Tour win, but already his second career green jacket in a span of just three years.
Watson shot out of the gates early during this year’s tournament, shooting an impressive Thursday 69. Friday saw Watson one-up himself, putting up a 68, with the help of five straight birdies on the back nine. He would head into the weekend with the outright lead at seven-under-par. Two Australians were hot on the American’s heels, but at three shots back, John Senden was Watson’s closest form of competition going into the weekend, with defending champion Adam Scott four shots behind.
“None of us can stop Bubba,” 54-year-old legend, Fred Couples said after his opening two rounds. "If he goes out and he does what he did (Thursday and Friday), he’s the guy to beat.”
Watson faltered a bit on Saturday, shooting a two-over-par, 74, including four bogeys on the front nine – double the amount he had in the first two rounds combined. Although he dropped a few strokes, Watson still maintained his share of the lead, sending him into Masters Tournament Sunday tied atop the leader board with youngster, Jordan Spieth. Focused on the green jacket, yet not trying to psych himself out, Watson took a unique attitude into his final round.
“What I’m trying to do is go back to being a kid again and just rejoicing,” he said.
Watson did just that, sealing his fate as a two-time Masters winner, beating Spieth by a three stroke margin. After an impressive front-nine 33, Watson continued his outstanding play, ending the final round of the 2014 Masters with a 3-under, 69; the same score he put up during his first Masters winning bid in 2012.
With his second green jacket, Watson becomes just the eighth golfer ever to win twice at the Masters in a three-year span. Additionally he is just the third to do so since 2000, joining exclusive company with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
While his mother and friends were there to celebrate with him his first go-around, noticeably missing were his wife and their newly adopted son, Caleb. An always emotional Watson was thrilled to embrace Caleb at the 18th of Augusta National this Sunday as everyone was on hand to witness the Georgia native become a two-time Masters champion.
“It’s amazing to be up here one time to talk. The second time is outrageous!” Watson said after his triumphant return to the winner’s circle at Augusta. “I couldn’t ask for anything more than this. Thank you so much for everything.”