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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: Different feel this time for Watson at Masters

There were tears from Bubba Watson two years ago when he won his first Masters and there were tears again on Sunday when he won for the second time. But that is where the similarities end. In 2012, the loose-limbed lefty was taken all the way to a playoff by Louis Oosthuizen before he carved a wonder shot out of the woods at the 10th on the second extra hole to win his first major. This time around, he was three strokes clear emerging from the 13th at the end of Amen Corner and he still held that lead when he teed off at the 18th.

'Small-town guy named Bubba' once again rules the Masters

By Larry Fine AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Bubba Watson had just won his second Masters in three years, by the comfortable margin of three strokes, and the long-hitting lefty sounded like he needed to pinch himself to believe it. "A guy named Bubba from a small town, born in Pensacola, Florida, raised in Bagdad (Florida), it's crazy to think that you've won," Watson said at the champion's news conference on Sunday. "A small-town guy named Bubba now has two green jackets. It's pretty wild."

Blixt falls just shy in quest for first Swedish major

By Larry Fine AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Jonas Blixt fell short of his goal of becoming Sweden's first male winner of a major championship but showed again his ability to thrive at golf's biggest events by tying for second at the Masters. Blessed with extraordinary touch with his chipping and putting, the 29-year-old Blixt shot a final-round 71 for his fourth successive sub-par round at Augusta to join Jordan Spieth on five-under 283, three behind winner Bubba Watson.

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
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