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Bubba slips on 2nd Green Jacket with three-shot win

Final Round – 78th Masters Tournament – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia –

Bubba Watson earned his second Green Jacket in three years at Augusta National Golf Club winning the 78th Masters Tournament.

Watson managed back-to-back two-shot swings with birdies at No. 8 and 9 with Jordan Spieth to take a two-shot lead and never looked back. He carded a 69 making par on the final five holes to win the title by three shots.

Early in the final round, Spieth jumped out in the lead thanks to a hole-out from the sand at the 4th hole. He led briefly by three strokes at 7-under in his quest to become the youngest Masters champion in history. With the pressure building, he three-putted the 8th and made another bogey at the 9th as the 35-year-old Watson assumed control.

Spieth finished T-2 alongside Jonas Blixt at 5-under overall. Both were first-time participants at Augusta National. Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler were 2-under and T-5, while Lee Westwood was alone in seventh place at 1-under. Just seven players managed to break par for the week.

Rory McIlroy, who made the cut on the number, worked his way into a Top 10 finish along with Thomas Bjorn, Jimmy Walker, John Senden, Kevin Stadler and Bernhard Langer.

For Bubba, the triumph was his sixth PGA Tour victory including the Northern Trust Open at Riviera earlier this year. He is sure to bolt inside the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings Monday.

Watson, who was second on tour in Bogey Avoidance coming in the tournament, ended the week 6-under on the back nine at Augusta National. His front-nine 33 some the momentum his way against Spieth and then a birdie at the 13th hole created a lead he wasn’t going to yield.

Watson was a 25-to-1 betting pick to begin the week at Ladbrokes.com.

Other Golf News:

  • Kuchar had a share of the lead early Sunday before a four-putt at No. 4. He failed to mount a charge, but logged his tour-leading 7th Top 10 of the season. He and Westwood were the only players in the field to repeat Top 10 finishes from last year’s Masters.
  • Spieth (71-70-70-72) and the 29-year-old Blixt (70-71-71-71) managed to play their first Masters without a round over par.
  • The PGA Tour hosts the RBC Heritage next week from Hilton Head, South Carolina. Spieth is in the field and said in his post-round interview that he intends to tee it up. Fifty-somethings Nick Faldo and Tom Watson are also in the field.
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez (who shot the low round of the Masters with a 66 Saturday) is competing in the Champions Tour stop in Georgia — Greater Gwinnett Championship.