Bubba Watson is once again wearing the green jacket at the Masters and captures his second tournament win. With a very good performance on Saturday, Watson’s final hole was as anti-climatic as they come when compared to his first win, but the 35 year old will definitely take it. With a strong three strokes margin of victory, it was safe to say that Watson completely dominated the green this weekend. While the attention from major sports news outlets were about the absence of Tiger Woods, the beauty and majesty of Augusta was certainly not missing.
As the Masters began, many of the big name favorites were having a tough outing during the course of the four day event. Bill Haas was able to overcome a tough start and was able to hit four under, but like most early leads however, it was not to be permanent. Haas saw his top score quickly evaporate and swiftly fell behind the pack. Last years champion Adam Scott did not do any better as he was never really able to get going. Even the favored Rory McIlroy, who was the final player to make the weekend’s cut, was defeated by his very own marker on Saturday. Other stars such as Sergio Garcia, Jason Dufner, and Phil Mickelson did not even reach the weekend portion of the event.
The self proclaimed small town boy Bubba Watson was the only big name left in the prestigious event. Although Watson did come in Sunday tied with fellow golfer Jordan Spieth, after the 9th hole it was all him. As Watson sailed his way to a win, he also sailed into the history books by becoming just the third player in the last two decades to win multiple major championships and also the 17th to win more than one Masters.
With a second Masters and a first place check of $1.62 million, Bubba Watson was more than choked up as he spoke to the media. He was not afraid to tear up when he was presented the green jacket by defending champion Adam Scott, and the cameras captures pure emotion from the golfer. It was an emotional time for the golfer as he celebrated with his family. Prior to this Masters win and the Northern Trust Open in February, Watson did not win a tournament for two years. Bubba Watson already feels the difference between championship and next championship.
Watson says there was a lot of maturity he made during the course of the two years due to his two year old son. He feels that he is now prepared to know what to expect when it comes to not only his golf game, but the media attention that comes with it. Watson states how important it is to think about the game and keep the thoughts of doubt out of his head. He contributes his success to not only this frame of thinking, but to be successful for his family and his two year old son. Bubba Watson credits many people in his life for this Masters win as he captures his second green jacket. If this is the beginning of what looks like a pattern for Watson, his future will be filled with many teared filled moments and success.
Commentary by Hector Carrion