Bubba does it the easy way this time

15 April 2014 - 02:01 By AFP
TAILOR-MADE: Masters winner Bubba Watson is presented with his champion's green jacket by 2013 champion Adam Scott, left, after winning at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Sunday
TAILOR-MADE: Masters winner Bubba Watson is presented with his champion's green jacket by 2013 champion Adam Scott, left, after winning at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Sunday
Image: JIM YOUNG/REUTERS

There were tears from Bubba Watson two years ago when he won his first Masters and there were tears again on Sunday at Augusta when he won it for the second time.

But that is where the similarities end.

In 2012, the loose-limbed lefty was taken all the way to a playoff by Louis Oosthuizen before he carved a wonder shot out of the woods at the 10th on the second extra hole to win his first Major.

This time around, he was three strokes clear emerging from the 13th at the end of Amen Corner and he still held that lead when he teed off at the 18th.

A perfect four-wood down the middle and a good approach and it was in the bag.

Asked which of his two wins he enjoyed the most, the 35-year-old Watson replied: "I feel a lot better [this time].

"The shot out of the woods made me famous, but this one was a lot better for me and my nerves, my family, probably on caddie Teddy [Scott].

"I know when Jordan [Spieth] missed on the last hole, and Teddy was helping me - I said, 'Read the putt, just help me.'

"When he missed and he was tapping in, I went over to him (Scott) and I said, 'I'm not very good at math, but we've got four putts, right?'

"I said, 'All right. It's a lot better for my nerves this way'."

To all intents and purposes the Masters finale boiled down to a matchplay face-off between Watson and 20-year-old Spieth, the two men having shared the overnight lead at five under.

It could have gone either way, but a four-shot swing at the eighth and ninth, both of which Watson birdied and Spieth bogeyed, proved to be decisive to the outcome.

"Eight was a big swing," Watson said. "I think he three-putted eight and nine and I birdied them both. It changed the momentum right there."

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