At 35, the great southpaw wins his second Masters after 2012. Bubba Watson won the 78th with a total score of 280 (-8). Too strong for the competition, he made Sunday a 69 (-3) and ahead of Jordan Spieth American and Swedish Jonas Blixt three shots.
Romain Schneider, Special Envoy In Augusta
At the edge of the last lap thirteen players stood in five shots. Thirteen potential winners. But Bubba Watson knocked gradually competition. More selective than ever, the Augusta National Golf Club has not made gifts to the world elite.
Only seven players finish four rounds under par. It was genius and strength of a Bubba Watson Sunday to sign the best card of the top 5 and make a second title in Augusta.
Scott-Bubba, The Crossover
Floridian became the 17th player in history to win this race more than once. After throwing himself into the arms of his caddy, Bubba hugged his wife and hugged Caleb, his adopted son two years. This great emotional paid a few tears of joy after his coronation. Less emotion but it was two years old when he won in playoff front of Louis Oosthuizen, with a second shot anthology, played in the woods. “This is very different, said Watson’s First victory here, it was almost a miracle to me. This time, it is the reward of labor. After selling it to Adam last year, I wanted to take the green jacket. I told Adam that we could exchange it every year”.
With a score of 69 (-3), Bubba was untouchable Sunday. Jordan Spieth only upset her irresistible forward march for ten holes before giving in to this so solid Watson, who takes the fourth place worldwide.
The last round will not remain as exciting as the last two games Sunday in 2012 and 2013, concluded by a playoff. But the suspense was still to go, at least during the first thirteen holes. The two leaders of the third round went blow for blow with twists galore. Spieth started strong with two birdies in four holes, including an incredible bunker shot in box 4. Between holes 2 and 11, the two Americans have also made at least one bogey or a birdie on every hole. What encourage twists.
So he had two strokes ahead after hole 7, Spieth found himself two points behind Bubba Watson two holes later. The latter returned a putt for birdie on 4 meters 9, while his young compatriot chained a second three putts. “I think the ninth hole was a turning point in the game, and things have gone in the right direction for mo i,” said Watson.
The Amen Corner, as often decided the fate of this 78th edition. The young Texan sent in water its iron shot on the par 3 12th (142 meters), and had to save bogey, when Watson assured her by. But it is 13 Bubba, author of a birdie, really made a difference by taking three shots ahead of Spieth. An advance he held until the end. His solid two-meter putt to save her from the 17 definitively ended the suspense.
If unlike Jordan Spieth, he never took the lead of the tournament Sunday, Jonas Blixt, 29, did not give up and finished his Masters alongside Jordan Spieth-5. Also playing his first Masters. Swedish PGA Tour decidedly learns very quickly because it was only his third career Major. He finished top continental tournament player and confirmed that his fourth place last USPGA was not a performance-lived. “J ‘adore playing major. I love it when it is more difficult. It makes me better. The atmosphere, the audience, it transcends me.” It will take him.
Europe was also well represented at the top of the leaderboard with the presence of the Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez. At age 50, the Andalusian charismatic had the opportunity to break the record for the oldest winner of the Masters, held by Jack Nicklaus (46, 1986). Author of a fantastic 66 (-6) Saturday, he has not repeated the feat Sunday. Fifth two shots after three rounds, he had to “settle” for a 71 (-1). What however satisfy: “I played solid all week. Still, but my putting was only slightly cooler than samedi.Mais a 50 year old, I still feel competitive.”
Still Missed …
Often placed. Never win. As usual, Matt Kuchar or Lee Westwood, are content with the runners. Matt Kuchar has probably lost all chances of winning his first Major after four conceded putts on the green 6. Prohibitive. “I do not remember the last time I had four putts in competition. But this is golf, you have ups and downs. The slightest error pays cash on these greens. My mistake was to have exceeded the hole after my first putt and finding myself with a downhill putt very complicated then. Then I lost my concentration a bit of a moment.”
The world number six was hooked on the evil path Augusta but had to settle for a final map of 74 (+2). After his 8th place last year, he won the 5th alongside the young Rickie Fowler, also a little inside Sunday with a score of 73 (+1). At 25, Fowler still has a few years ahead of him to clinch a Major. The stopwatch is running in contrast to Lee Westwood, 40 years.
As often, unfortunately, English is also spent a little through a Sunday Major. Seventh in the top three strokes after the third round, the former world number one was to make a card in 60 hope to win. Missed. With a score of 73 (+1) on Sunday he was never able to impose fault including a delicate begins (3 bogey, double and 4). He ended his week with a score of 287 (-1). Four times in the top 10 over the last five editions, the second in 2010, seventh this year, it demonstrated an impressive consistency in Augusta. That’s something.
The Final Ranking (72):
1.Bubba Watson (USA) 280 (-8)
2.Jonas Blixt (Sue) 283 (-5)
-. Jordan Spieth (USA) 283 (-5)
4. Miguel Angel Jimenez (Sp) 284 (-4)
5 Matt Kuchar (USA) 286 (-2).
-. Rickie Fowler (USA) 286 (-2)