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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."

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 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: 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: Tense back-nine fight underway for Masters crown

Jordan Spieth, trying to become the youngest champion in Masters history, and 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson were locked in a back-nine battle for the title Sunday at Augusta National. A four-shot swing over the last two holes on the front nine in Watson's favor left him in the lead at the turn on eight under with Spieth on six under after a bogey-bogey end to the front side. Sweden's Jonas Blixt was third behind the Americans at four under and Matt Kuchar was fourth on three under as they began the 10th hole.

Golf: Jimenez jumps into title hunt at Masters

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who began the day 10 shots off the pace, leaped into contention Saturday at the Masters by firing the best round of the week at Augusta National. The 50-year-old Spaniard fired a six-under par 66 to finish 54 holes as the clubhouse leader on three-under 213, still four strokes behind leader Bubba Watson. That was good enough to move Jimenez, who played in the fourth group of the day, into a share of third overall and he finished just as Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, was teeing off.

Golf: Woodland equals record Masters with front-nine 30

Gary Woodland matched an Augusta National course record with a six-under par 30 on the front nine Saturday, leaping from 10 strokes off the pace into contention at the Masters. The 29-year-old American opened with a birdie, added an eagle at the par-5 second and birdied the par-3 sixth, par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth as well.

Golf: Woodland makes early run at Masters

American Gary Woodland was five-under par through eight holes in Saturday's third round of the Masters, leaping from 10 strokes off the pace onto the leaderboard at Augusta National. The 29-year-old American opened with a birdie, added an eagle at the par-5 second and birdied the par-3 sixth and par-5 eighth as well. That put Woodland on two-under for the tournament, level for seventh at five adrift of leader Bubba Watson with the leader still nearly two hours from teeing off in the final group.

Golf: Leader Watson reeled in at Masters

A misfiring Bubba Watson saw an overnight three-stroke lead crumble in the space of eight holes in the third round of the Masters at Augusta National on Saturday. The 35-year-old champion from two years ago opened with a bogey, but a superb eagle at the second, where he hit his approach to five feet, steadied the ship. As he teed off at the par-three fourth at eight under, Watson led by five strokes from a chasing pack headed by Danish veteran Thomas Bjorn, unheralded Jonas Blixt of Sweden and 20-year-old American rising star Jordan Spieth.

Golf: Bubba backs up as Masters tension heats up

Bubba Watson made four bogeys in his first seven holes Saturday and found himself clinging to a one-stroke lead at the Masters as rivals pounced during the third round. An eagle at the par-5 second at Augusta National by 2012 Master champion Watson was more than offset by bogeys at the first, par-3 fourth and sixth and seventh. Watson stood on five-under par for a one-shot edge on US 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and Sweden's Jonas Blixt, both seeking to be the first Masters rookie to win since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn.
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