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Apr 14

Bubba Watson Claims Second Green Jacket

Bubba Watson joined an elite group of 17 players as he claimed his second Masters victory by shooting 3-under par Sunday in a workman like effort.  He looked like a champion as he navigated Augusta’s first nine at 3-under par with four birdies and played a controlled second nine with only one bogey and a birdie on #13.  Watson experienced his so-so round on Saturday as he posted one eagle, one birdie and five bogeys en route to a 74.

Just when we have all been accustomed to the fireworks on the second nine its the first nine that really decided the tournament.  Jordan Spieth played in the final group and experienced a roller-coaster first few hours of his Sunday making four bogeys and three birdies on his first nine.  Spieth never got his momentum going to put the clamps down on Watson during the second nine on Sunday.  Bubba Watson played like a veteran who had toured Augusta before successfully.  Watson never made the mistake for that scorecard killer.

Looking at the stats, Watson hit 50 of 72 greens in regulation.  That number has been a true barometer the last few years for the winner.  The fact Watson was first in driving distance as well didn’t hurt him.  If we could hit it 305 wouldn’t golf be fun!  Add into the mix Bubba only three-putted twice all week.  The birdie numbers stuck out for me as Watson only made six birdies on the Par 5’s, five on the Par 4’s, and four on the Par 3’s.  Those stats didn’t put Watson at the top of those three categories.   Look at the totals though, 15 birdies for the tournament, only eight players made more birdies all week.  Throw in one eagle on Saturday and voila you have your 2014 Masters Champ.

Kudos to Jonas Blixt who was the only golfer who played all four rounds under par an finished T2 with Spieth.  With other notable Americans Fowler, Kuchar, Stadler, and Jimmy Walker all finishing in the Top 10 our Ryder Cup team might be taking some early form.  Enjoy Hilton Head this week.

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