"Bubba" Watson won his second Masters, yesterday finishing eight under on a perfect Sunday for golf. There was no need to guess the size of the winners Green Jacket, just use the one in his locker as it was his second victory at this event in the last three years. Paired with Masters Rookie, Jordan Spieth, the duel started early, as they both matched birdie on the very difficult par three fourth hole. Bubba had fallen two behind by then and the boost given to him by matching Spieth for birdie, stemmed to tide. It was the eighth and ninth hole where the momentum swung in Bubba's favor. Watson's birdie, birdie and Spieth's bogey, bogey gave Bubba a two shot lead, which he never relinquished. The thirteenth hole saw him add another shot to his lead when after a 366 yard drive he hit a wedge to the par five, two putted for his birdie, and moved on. His drive was so far down the thirteenth hole, many had never seen a ball there on the tee shot, the Augusta National Tournament Committee may vote for a large pond to be added, so as to prevent a repeat performance. Only the fifteenth hole provides any drama. Bubba was left off the tee and could have laid up short of the hole easily. He decided to go for the green despite the obstacles it provided. Despite the protestations of the announcers and nearly all the viewing public Bubba was Bubba and pulled it off, finishing behind the green. Not only did he hold his emotions in check, (well visibly anyway maybe not internally) he played smart golf to the finish, before breaking down after the final put was holed making it a memorable golf moment.
Youth was served. Not only did Masters Rookie, Jordan Spieth, make a run for the title, Jonas Blixt, another Masters Rookie hung in close to the lead until he came undone at the Eleventh where his balloon burst.
The Middle Aged crowd was served. The cigar smoking, red wine drinking, middle aged crowd, had their lifestyle vindicated when Miguel Angel Jimenez at the age of 50, took fourth place. bernhard Langer finished under par, Fred Couples proved his ageless swing still works at aged 53 when he hovered around the leader board most of the tournament only to fade away during the last nine. Larry Mize, and Sandy Lyle also made the cut Golf was served. A great four days with perfect golfing weather, excellent play from the leaders and an extraordinary battle between two popular participants, showcased the Augusta National Golf Club in the best light. Good Weather, great golf with a great cast has left the viewing audience and those present on the grounds wanting more. The US Open is next at Pinehurst number two. But, that is another story .