The Masters appeared to be 20-year old Jordan Spieth’s tournament to lose on Sunday. That is, unless he missed a few shots and someone else made a few more.
As it turns out that person was Bubba Watson.
Spieth’s consistent play over the course of the tournament (1-under, 2-under, and 2-under) had him in position to win on Sunday. Watson went in to the final round also at 5-under, but after recording a 2-over on Saturday the spotlight was on Spieth who stood to break Tiger Woods’ record as the youngest champion.
At the start of the front nine it looked promising for Spieth. Watson bogeyed the third hole to move to 4-under while two birdies for Spieth in the first four holes gave him a nice three shot lead–but than it slowly began to unravel for Spieth. After finishing the front nine with three bogeys and a two birdies he went in to back nine at 6-under.
“I got off to the start I wanted to and then they just didn’t fall,” Spieth said. “Couple bounces here, couple bounces there … and it’s a different story….”
That still had him in a good position to win, but since Watson recorded four birdies in the final six holes of the front nine he was sitting on top of the leader board at 8-under. Spieth couldn’t make up the deficit on the back nine though and Watson coasted to his second win at Augusta in three years.
“It’s overwhelming,” said Watson. “To win twice, to be with those great names. … A small-town guy named Bubba now has two green jackets. It’s pretty wild.”[USAToday]