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US Masters 2014: Bubba Watson secures second green-jacket

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When Bubba Watson won his first green-jacket, in 2012, it took one of the greatest shots in US Masters history for him to take the title in a playoff against Louis Oosthuizen.

This time around, he claimed his second-win around Augusta National in much more sedate circumstances.

Watson went into the day with a share of the lead at five-under-par, with the prodigiously talented Jordan Spieth, and the duo teed off together in the final pairing of the day.

At first it seemed like we were set for a real match-play like scenario – with both men drawing the best out of each-other in the early stages - but soon, the youngster’s game started to show signs of weakness in the most demanding of situations. Watson’s didn’t.

The charismatic, creative and, at times, magical golf that has pushed Watson to the golfing forefront was on display throughout, as he grew into his round.

After making bogey at the third, he steadied himself, picking up birdies at holes four, six, eight, nine and 14 - only dropping one more shot at the tricky 10th.

He ended up completing the final day in a score of 69, three-under-par, to bring his score to eight-under for the tournament, three shots clear of his nearest challengers.

If there was a hole where the naturally talented 35-year-old, who has never had a golf lesson his life, secured his title, it was the 12th. Whilst Spieth showed his naivety, attacking the flag and seeing his ball land on the front-edge of the green, before rolling into the water, Watson played safe and was delighted to take par.

It provided him with a two-shot cushion and it was a lead that he wasn’t about to let slip.

Naivety is to be expected from Spieth, mind. His score of five-under for the tournament is quite incredible for a player who only turned professional 17 months ago, and was playing at Augusta National for the first time. The scale of his achievement should not be underestimated.

The best is yet to come for him – and he surely will take home the green-jacket at some point in the future - but he could not stop Watson today.

He wasn’t the only one who wasn’t able to put a stop to Watson’s procession towards the title, though. Jonas Blixt, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler were all poised one shot behind Watson at the start of the final day, but could not produce the score required to threaten the overall winner.

Blixt was the pick of the bunch, carding a round of a one-under-par 71, but it was a solid performance rather than a spectacular one that was needed. The rest simply fell away, unable to keep up with Watson's blistering pace.

Kuchar was one-over for the day and Fowler could only match his score of 73. Indeed, Blixt and Miguel Angel Jimenez, who also went round in 71, were the only two players, alongside Watson, in the top seven to go round under-par on the crucial day at Augusta.

Elsewhere Lee Westwood was the best placed of the British contingent, at one-under-par, but he is still in search of his first major win continues.

Rory McIlroy will also be left to rue a missed opportunity, as he finished at even par for the tournament after not making up enough ground on the par fives over the course of the competition. However, he will be encouraged by his impressive final round score of 69.

As it was, though, it was Watson’s day and to win by three-clear-shots, at eight-under-par, was a great testament to his ability. His long-driving game and his wicked touch around the greens means his game is perfectly suited to play this course.

He now joins an elite list of only sixteen other players to claim the green jacket on more than one occasion and there were tears to greet his victory once again.

It might not be the last time we see Bubba blubbing on the eighteenth at Augusta, though. With his game, it’s a feeling that he might just have to get used to.

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