Bubba Watson won himself a lot of green at Augusta Sunday, and we aren’t talking about the jacket he was given as the champion.
With the Masters victory, Watson was rewarded with $1,620,000 and 600 Fed Ex points. His winnings were better than $800,000 more than the second-place prize. Not bad for someone who came from a small town, as the lefty pointed out in comments after the tournament that were passed along by the PGA Tour’s official Twitter page:
"A small-town guy named Bubba has two Green Jackets." - Bubba Watson pic.twitter.com/upG69kNs8G— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 13, 2014
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Watson struggled a bit during Round 3 and shot a two-over 74, but his 69 in Round 1, 68 in Round 2 and 69 in Round 4 with the title hanging in the balance were more than enough to win the green jacket. The PGA Tour’s leader in driving distance bombed shot after shot from the tee box down the fairway with his pink driver, which set him up in perfect position to attack the greens with regularity.
He gradually pulled away from Masters rookie Jordan Spieth, who struggled to hold on to what was once a three-stroke lead in the early going after an incredible shot from the bunker. Watson’s win came with somewhat of an anticlimactic ending given the sizable lead he had heading to the final hole and the lack of star power such as Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott or even Matt Kuchar in serious title contention.
In addition to winning such a large sum of money, Watson became just the 17th player to win multiple green jackets in a career.
Masters rookie Spieth had a chance to win his first green jacket but lost the lead and his composure when he bogeyed holes No. 8, 9 and 12. At one point he slammed his club down in frustration after a poor shot, but given the fact that he is only 20 years old and was facing extraordinary pressure, it is certainly forgivable, as USGA committee person Missy Jones acknowledged:
Spieth ended up becoming the youngest player in the history of the event to finish in either second place or in a tie for second place.
He tied with fellow Masters rookie Jonas Blixt, who didn’t have the chances to win the tournament that Spieth did but was still incredibly consistent Sunday. He only registered one bogey throughout the entire final round to go with his two birdies and finished with a one-under 71. It was the third straight round that he shot a 71 after shooting a two-under 70 on Day 1.
While the Masters rookies were certainly impressive given the magnitude of the stage, it will be interesting going forward to watch Watson in the ensuing tournaments.
Will Bubba Watson win another major in 2014?
After winning his first green jacket in 2012, Watson finished in 18th at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament and the U.S. Open. He didn’t register another win the rest of the season.
However, don’t expect another post-Masters slump (which may not be a fair terminology considering how difficult it is to win on the PGA Tour) this time around for the lefty.
None of the fanfare that accompanies a green jacket will be new to Watson the rest of this season. He has certainly become used to the spotlight that wasn’t there in 2012 before his Masters win, so more wins may be in the cards.
Watson’s fans would certainly be thrilled if that became a reality.
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