It was emotional. It was impressive. And it resulted in a three-shot victory to clinch a second green jacket.
Bubba Watson, who has been known just as much for crying tears of joy on the 72nd hole as he is for faltering down the stretch, solidified himself as a member of an exclusive group of golfers with multiple Masters championships. It was the second title for 35-year-old in three years.
“I was telling my caddy coming up 18, ‘I don’t remember the last few holes,’” Watson said in Butler Cabin just prior to getting his jacket from Adam Scott. “I was just hanging on. Walking up 18 was a little easier this time.”
Watson pulled away from 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, who held a two-stroke lead of his own early in the round.
“It was so much fun,” said Spieth, who was vying to become the youngest Masters winner ever,“it really was. Even if I didn’t show it on the back nine I took it all in. … It was a dream come true.”
Watson (-8) was able to post a Sunday 69, rebounding after a bogey to start his back nine, one of just a handful of scores in the 60’s on the final day of the four-day marathon.
Spieth was unable to piece together a single birdie after his seventh hole and slowly faded out of contention. And the only others who had a chance to catch Watson, players like Jonas Blixt (-5) Miguel Jimenez (-4), Matt Kuchar (-2) and Ricky Fowler (-2), ran out of holes.