Golfing World News - February 17

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It’s been almost 2 years but Bubba Watson is finally back in the winner’s circle after his victory at the Northern Trust Open.

Back-to-back 64’s gave the 35-year-old his 1st win since the 2012 Masters, and Bubba was quick to thank his one million Twitter followers for their support.

Well one thing that will be missing when Bubba returns to Augusta this spring, will be the iconic Eisenhower Tree. Named after Dwight Eisenhower because of the amount of times he hit it - the 34th US President even tried to get it removed. Well, it may be almost 50 years too late but Eisenhower has got his wish. Due to the damage caused in the recent stormy weather, Augusta National have made the difficult decision to remove what remains of this once majestic pine.

Meanwhile in South Africa, Thomas Aiken secured his first win on home soil at the Africa Open. He holed a 30 foot birdie putt to beat Oliver Fisher in a play-off at East London Golf Club, and brushed the dust off his Twitter account to thank his wife - turned caddie - Kate!

Across to the LPGA now, where a week after suffering disqualification at the Australian Ladies Masters, Karrie Webb bounced back with victory at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open 6 birdies in her final round left her 12 under par and a shot clear of Chella Choi, who missed this birdie putt to confirm Webb’s win. That’s all for today, find Golfing World on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the #GWTV.

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