- The Augusta Chronicle - Sunday, April 13, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson didn’t need a miracle shot from the pines in sudden death to win his second Masters Tournament in three years. Just the only round in the 60s among the contenders on Sunday.

Watson beat Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of sudden-death in 2012, the final round finishing in the twilight with Watson in tears.

There was no playoff on Sunday, which meant plenty of sunlight for Watson to bask in after a three-shot victory, his second win of the season and sixth of his career.

“It’s overwhelming to win twice to be with the great names (that have multiple Masters wins),” said Watson, the 17th player with more than one green jacket.

Watson was born in Pensacola, Fla., grew up in nearby Bagdad, Fla., and now lives in Tiger Woods’ old house in Windemere, Fla.

“A small-time guy named Bubba now has two green jackets,” Watson said. “It’s crazy to think that you’ve won.”

Watson, 35, took the walk up the hill to the 18th green with victory in hand this time, leading by three shots. In 2012, he was tied for the lead.

Watson, who started the day tied for the lead with Jordan Spieth, closed with 3-under-par 69 – his third round in the 60s – and a nice rebound from his third-round 74.

Spieth, the young Texan, stood tall in the face of the pressure for seven holes, holding a two-shot lead, but he couldn’t keep it up.

The 20-year-old, biding to become the youngest Masters champion and the first Masters rookie to win in 35 years, ended up shooting 72 and tying for second place with Sweden’s Jonas Blixt (71), another Masters rookie. Blixt (70-71-71-71) broke par every day and Spieth (71-70-70-72) never shot over par in a round.

After tapping in his par putt on No. 18, Watson broke down in tears again.

“For me, it’s a dream to be on the PGA Tour,” Watson said. “It’s a dream to win, and winning any tournament is a big deal. Winning the green jacket is a little bit bigger deal. So, yeah, I’m going to cry, because why me? Why Bubba Watson from Bagdad, Fla.? Why is he winning? So I just always ask the question why, why me? That’s why I’m always going to cry. I’ll probably cry again tonight sometime, just thinking about it.”

Ted Scott, who has caddied for Watson in both victories at Augusta National, called the second win “a high you can’t explain.”

Said Scott: “This is the greatest stage in golf. You’re walking up 18, you look around, you see the history here, you see the crowd, it’s a beautiful day outside, the sun’s setting, the shadows are there. Everything about it is amazing. And you’re winning the Masters again.”

Spieth birdied four of his first seven holes, calling it a “dream start at Augusta.”

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