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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, April 14, 2014
AUGUSTA---Bubba Watson s
second Masters title was nothing
like the green jacket he won two
The only daring shot Watson
hit was one he really didn t need.
The wild swing in momentum
came on the front nine, not the
back nine of Augusta National in
Georgia. And the sweetest differ-
ence of all yesterday was seeing
his two-year-old son walk toward
him on the edge of the 18th green
after his three-shot victory over
Watson turned in another mas-
terpiece and joined an elusive group
as the 17th player to win the Mas-
ters more than once.
He turned a two-shot deficit
into a two-shot lead on the final
two holes of the front nine, then
kept Spieth, 20, and everyone else
at safe distance the rest of the way.
Watson closed with a three-under
69 to beat a pair of Masters rookies
in Spieth and Jonas Blixt of Swe-
Two years ago, when he hit that
wild hook out of the trees on the
tenth hole to win in a playoff, his
wife and newly adopted son were
watching at home in Florida. This
time, young Caleb was decked out
in a green-and-white striped Mas-
ters shirt and green tennis shoes
as he waddled over to his father.
"This one s a lot different," Wat-
son said. "The first one, for me,
it was almost like I lucked into it."
After high-fiving the crowd on
his way to sign his card, Watson
returned to Butler Cabin to take
back that green jacket he slipped
on Adam Scott a year ago.
"After giving it away last year,
I wanted it back," Watson said. "I
told Adam we could just swap it
back and forth every year."
Spieth, trying to become the
youngest Masters champion, could
only watch from the side of the
He dazzled the massive crowd
early by holing out for birdie from
the front bunker on No 4, and
making back-to-back birdies to
build a two-shot lead through
seven holes. Bidding to become
the first player in 35 years to win
a green jacket in his first try, Spieth
looked to be well on his way.
But he three-putted for bogey
on No 8---the first six on his card
all week---as Watson got up-and-
down for birdie to tie for the lead.
Spieth then made a rookie mistake,
leaving his approach below the
flagstick on No 9 and watching it
roll back into the fairway, setting
up another bogey and two-shot
Whatever prayer he had might
have ended at Amen Corner.
His tee shot on No 12 found
Rae s Creek. He missed a short
birdie attempt on the 13th.
Watson was too powerful, too
experienced, too tough to beat.
Spieth closed with six pars for a
72 and tied for second with Blixt,
who never went away but never
really threatened. Blixt shot a 71.
"That was fun, but at the same
time, it hurts right now," Spieth
said. "I wanted to get in contention
on the back nine Sunday, but didn t
come out on top."
Watson finished at eight-under
280 and goes to a career-best No
4 in the world.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 50-
year-old wonder from Spain, shot
71 and finished alone in fourth.
Matt Kuchar lost a share of the
lead with a four-putt double bogey
on the fourth hole and never chal-
lenged again. He closed with a 74
and tied for fifth with Rickie Fowler
This was nine holes of theater
everyone expected out of Sunday
at Augusta National---except it was
the front nine.
Nine players were separated by
three shots at the start of the final
round only for this to turn into a
After trading pars on the open-
ing hole, either Watson or Spi-
eth---sometimes both---made birdie
or bogey over the next nine holes.
They matched birdies on the
par-three fourth hole when Spieth
holed out from the front bunker
and Watson hit his tee shot into
4 feet. Spieth led by as many as
two shots for most of the front
nine, and his spectacular over-
shadowed a steady hand from
Two holes to close out the back
nine changed everything. Amen
Corner swung the Masters in Wat-
son s favor for good.
About the only excitement came
on the par-five 15th hole, when
Watson had a three-shot lead. He
hit his tee shot well left, blocked
by a few pine trees. Instead of lay-
ing up safely in front of the water,
he hit through the trees with a
shot that just cleared the false front
of the green and went just over
the back. All he got was a par. Over
the final hour, that s all he really
It was his second win this year,
and the victory puts Watson at the
top of the Ryder Cup standings.
He was guided all week by a simple
game plan of hitting fairways and
greens, and he was calmed by
knowing that regardless of how it
turned out, he still had a green
Now he has two of them. (AP)
Bubba Watson claims
another green jacket
Defending Masters' champion Adam Scott, of Australia, helps Bubba Watson, left, with his green jacket after
winning the Masters golf tournament yesterday in Augusta, Georgia. AP PHOTO
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