Bubba Watson wins the Masters 2014


In his Champion’s press conference, Bubba was asked if this golf course at Augusta National suited his eye?

“No,” he replied. “My home course is really easy; so that suits my eye better!”

And yet, he must now be regarded as a bit of an Augusta specialist. We’ve known for some time that this course favours left-handers. Bubba, left-handed and with the added bonus of his extraordinary length, poses a threat to everyone for years to come.

Only 17 people in history have won more than one Green Jacket; and the boy from Baghdad, Florida is now one of them. If there was anyone out there thinking his win two year’s ago – in a playoff without Louis Oosthuizen – was a bit of a fluke, they will need to think again.

“It’s overwhelming,” he went on. “To get the first one was a dream come true. To get the second one was icing on the cake. I never expected to make it this far. Just to make it onto the PGA Tour was a blessing. Now I have six wins, and two Green Jackets, it’s pretty remarkable. I can’t really put it into words.”

He didn’t need to. His clubs did the talking, and he played the only way he knows how to – Bubba golf. On the 13th, his drive went way left, over the trees, hit a branch on the top of one of them, and still went 366 yards! It left him a 56 degree sand wedge to the green. Bobby Jones and Alistair Mackenzie will be turning in their graves.

Unlike two years ago, Watson won quite comfortably this time around; mainly because no-one was able to make a charge at him on the back nine. Winning his second Green Jacket in three years, was a lot easier than the first one.

Going out in the final round with his friend, Jordan Spieth, Bubba trailed by two shots after seven holes; but he then made birdies at the 8th and the 9th, while Spieth bogeyed both holes. That momentum swing was always going to be too much to reverse; and Watson was in such control that the usual nail-biting which traditionally takes place on the back nine here was – like Tiger – absent.

In the end Watson won by three, from the remarkable 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, and the unheralded Swede, Jonas Blixt. You would have got good money at the beginning of the week on Blixt being the leading European; and it was ultimately another disappointing week for the European contingent.

It has now been 15 years since Europe won this Tournament; a Tournament we used to own in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Let’s hope that is not a bad signal for the Ryder Cup match, at Gleneagles in September.

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