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Poor driving costs Kuchar and Fowler at Masters

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Sub-par driving during a pressure-packed final round at the Masters undermined the respective title bids made by Americans Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler at Augusta National on Sunday. Georgia native Kuchar lacked the sharpness off the tee he had so impressively delivered in the previous round and his challenge for a maiden major victory ended as he carded a two-over-par 74 to tie for fifth place.

Spieth emerges as shining light after Masters debut

By Julian Linden AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth may have missed his chance to become the youngest Masters champion but the 20-year-old showed he could yet be a champion for the ages. The baby-faced Texan belied his tender years with a stunning debut at Augusta National, finishing tied for second behind Bubba Watson after flirting with history.

Ryder Cup comeback is ageless Jimenez's next target

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - No sooner had the seemingly ageless Miguel Angel Jimenez secured fourth place at the 78th Masters on Sunday than he turned his attention to winning back a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team. The Spaniard capped a memorable week by reeling off four birdies in the last nine holes to finish with a 71 and a four-under-par total of 284, four behind championship winner Bubba Watson of the United States.

Emotional Watson lands a second Masters title

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Bubba Watson withstood an inspired early challenge from playing partner Jordan Spieth to clinch the Masters for a second time in three years with a three-shot victory at Augusta National on Sunday. Trailing the prodigiously talented Spieth by two strokes after seven holes, the left-handed Watson took advantage of a faltering run by his fellow American around the turn as he upped his own game, then maintained control on the back nine.

Golf: Watson outduels Spieth for second Masters title

Big-driving Bubba Watson captured his second Masters title in three years on Sunday, pulling away from Jordan Spieth on the back nine for a three-stroke victory at Augusta National. The 35-year-old American fired a three-under par 69 Sunday to finish 72 holes on eight-under 288 and take his second major title, the top prize of $1.62 million from a record $9 million purse and another green jacket. "I never loved green so much," Watson said. "After giving away that jacket last year, I wanted it back."

Golf: List of Masters past winners

List of last 20 winners of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Course after Bubba Watson's win on Sunday: (USA) unless otherwise stated) 2014- Bubba Watson (USA) 2013- Adam Scott (AUS) 2012- Bubba Watson 2011- Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 2010- Phil Mickelson 2009- Angel Cabrera (ARG) 2008- Trevor Immelman (RSA) 2007- Zach Johnson 2006- Phil Mickelson 2005- Tiger Woods 2004- Phil Mickelson 2003- Mike Weir (CAN) 2002- Tiger Woods 2001- Tiger Woods

Golf: Watson outduels Spieth for second Masters title

Big-driving Bubba Watson captured his second Masters title in three years on Sunday, pulling away from Jordan Spieth on the back nine for a three-stroke victory at Augusta National. The 35-year-old American fired a three-under par 69 Sunday to finish 72 holes on eight-under 280 and take his second major title, the top prize of $1.62 million from a record $9 million purse and another green jacket. "I never loved green so much," Watson said. "After giving away that jacket last year, I wanted it back."

Golf: McIlroy still to master Augusta National

Another Masters and another flop for Rory McIlroy, for whom Augusta National and how to play it remain something of a mystery. The 24-year-old Irishman came into the year's first major as the tournament favorite once Tiger Woods had pulled out though injury. But a second round of 77, marked by two double-bogey sixes, sealed his fate and even though he finished well with a 69 on Sunday, giving him a career-best Master finish of tied for eighth, it was scant consolation for what had been otherwise a disappointing week.

Golf: Watson wins second Masters title

Bubba Watson won his second Masters title in three years on Sunday with a commanding display at Augusta National. The 35-year-old American got the better of countryman Jordan Spieth, 15 years his junior and aiming to become the youngest winner of the Masters in what was the 78th edition of the tournament. Watson won by three strokes after a 69 gave him an eight under par total of 280, with Spieth and Swede Jonas Blixt tied for second.

Golf: Bubba Watson factfile

Factfile on 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson: Factfile on 2014 Masters winner Bubba Watson:- BUBBA WATSON (USA) Born - November 5, 1978 Age - 35 Birthplace - Bagdad, Florida Home - Scottsdale, Arizona College - University of Georgia Height - 6'3" Weight - 180 lbs Joined PGA Tour - 2006 PGA Tour Victories - 5 Major wins - 2 (2012, 2014 Masters) afp
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