The tears were flowing like the waterfalls from a TLC song on Sunday. Bubba Watson couldn’t hold them back after he sunk the last putt of the tournament Sunday to secure his second green jacket in two years (2012, 2014).
It didn’t come easy to Watson, who was tied with Jordan Speith when Sunday’s round started. Speith was up two by the third hole and looked primed to beat Tiger Woods’ record for the youngest winner of the Masters ever (20 years old). Going into the fourth hole par-3, Speith made a remarkable hazard save from the bunker to hole-out for birdie, but Bubba would have his own moment on the fourth with a long putt made for birdie. Speith went onto bogey two holes on the front to Bubbas two more birdies which left him in a 2 shot lead over the young star.
On the back Speith ceded a 3 shot lead to Watson with Blixt and Kuchar attempting to make an appearance in the race for the jacket. Fast-forward to the par-5 15th hole, Bubba had put his drive too far left to reasonably reach the green in two but against any conservative thought, he hit a 6 iron through a mess of trees 190 yard to the green and rolled off the back; he would finish with a par. Speith along with the crowd and the commentators were stunned that Watson would take a risk that big with a 3 shot lead on the 15th. Bubba’s caddy said “That’s Bubba…it was no big deal”.
Well winning the Masters twice is a BIG deal, he held his three shot lead and walked up the 18th fairway knowing he was going to win. Blixt and Speith finished tied for 2nd at -5, Jimenez 4th, and Fowler tied for 5th with Kuchar. This solidifies Watson’s placement among the greats in golf and proves that 2012 was not just a fluke.