In 2012, Bubba Watson shocked the golf world as he hit a miraculous shot out of the trees and onto the tenth green at Augusta National Golf Club en route to his first major championship by winning the Green Jacket. This past weekend, it was a different story with the same ending.
Watson denied viewers from another thrilling finish at the Masters by pulling away from Jordan Spieth, who could have become the youngest Masters champion had he held onto his early two stroke lead. For a moment on the seventh hole, it seemed Spieth was doing all the right things to sport the Green Jacket.
Unfortunately for him, he bogeyed both eight and nine as his playing partner, Watson, birdied those same holes to take a commanding two stroke lead which he never gave back. From that point on, it was all Bubba; Spieth failed to birdie any of the last eleven holes and became visibly frustrated after missing crucial putts.
Despite his minor mental breakdown, the up-and-coming player would not say the Masters was a failure for him.
"Couple bounces here, couple bounces there and it's a different story. But to know I was that close and really performed mentally better than I could have anticipated, that's very reassuring going forward.”
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Although Watson’s victory in 2012 was his first major victory, he might say this year’s was even more special. Walking off the eighteenth green, he reached down, picked his son up and embraced his wife, both of whom were unable to attend the 2012 Masters.
As for the future for Bubba, it would not be surprising to see him win a third Masters championship because of his ability to hit the ball really far and the advantage lefties have at Augusta. But who knows: could we see a younger player win it next year? Or will Tiger Woods return better than ever?