Love Me Two Times, Bubba

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA | The worry was that Tiger Woods wasn’t here, so would The Masters matter? On a perfectly sun-splashed day amidst the pines and the flowering dogwoods at Augusta National, golf’s future met its present face to face and it all made perfect sense.
You can’t win The Masters twice until you’ve won it once and Bubba Watson, with every chance to give this one away, put the doubters to rest as to whether he was bound to be a one-off Masters champion.
Watson’s second Masters title in three years came while paired on Sunday with golf’s next big thing, the 20-year-old Jordan Spieth.
Behind early and often, Watson doggedly stayed in the game and shot a final-round 69 for a total of 8-under-par 280 to win by three shots.
“It’s overwhelming,” Watson said Sunday night. “A small-town guy named Bubba has two green jackets.”
And that puts him in elite company with the likes of Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, José María Olazábal and Ben Crenshaw, all of whom have won two Masters. But in Bubba’s world, that’s not how he sees it.
“I’m still trying to keep my card,” Watson said. “I got lucky enough to get two green jackets. If people say
I’m a good player, that’s one thing. I don’t play golf for people to say I’m one of the greats of the game. I play golf because I love it.”


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