He told us he was focused, he looked determined, and now Bubba Watson has won his second Masters title with a spectacular showing at Augusta. Winning the coveted green jacket is a huge honor in itself, but being a multiple-time winner puts Bubba Watson in pretty elite company. Only 17 golfers in history have managed to score more than one Masters championship according to CBS Sports, and Watson’s two wins puts him on a very short list of players who have accomplished that feat.
Take a look at the elite company Bubba Watson now joins on the list of multiple-time Masters winners:
When Watson took home the green jacket in 2012, it impacted his career for the next 18 months as The Inquisitr previously reported. After refocusing and setting his sights on another win in Augusta, Bubba has accomplished what few before him have, and he did so in rather convincing fashion.
Watson was a force in each and every round of play this weekend, hitting greens and making putts that left his opponents struggling to keep up. Bubba was so good through the first two rounds that even Phil Mickelson, who had not missed a Masters cut since 1997, couldn’t keep up and was eliminated. With Mickelson out, and Tiger Woods at home recovering from surgery, the Bubba Watson show took over the 2014 Masters.
USA Today reports that Watson was the 36-hole leader and the 54-hole co-leader with Justin Spieth, who briefly held a two-shot lead going into the eighth tee. Bubba remained focused throughout, and by the end had pulled away from the pack, shooting a 69 on the final round, putting him at 8 under par for the tournament. Spieth and Jonas Blixt tied for second place at 5 under, and Miguel Angel Jimenez finished fourth at 4 under.
Watson’s performance made history as he joins that very short list of multiple-time Masters winners, but two of those other top four finishers were attempting to make history themselves. At 20, Spieth was attempting to become the youngest Masters champion in history, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was looking to become the oldest winner of all time at age 50.
Struggling early in the final round, Watson hit bunkers on the first two holes, and bogeyed the third, dropping him out of the lead. But it was Bubba who persevered as the other top contenders began to fall off, and he rallied on the back nine to pull away. After finishing the 18th hole, Bubba Watson carried his son Caleb off the green as a two-time Masters champion.
Winning at golf is so much better when you have a toddler pic.twitter.com/ARxB5e0tXC
— Eric Kay (@ekaycbs) April 13, 2014
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