AUGUSTA, Ga. (MCT) – Bubba Watson forced a switch in momentum in a two-hole stretch midway through the final round Sunday and went on to capture his second Masters championship in three years, a 3-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt.
Playing with the 20-year-old Spieth in the final pairing of the day, Watson trailed by 2 strokes after Spieth sank a 12-foot downhill putt at the seventh hole to get to 8 under par. But Watson carded birdies on the next two holes while Spieth was making bogeys, a 4-shot swing that put him in front by 2, and Spieth would not get any closer.
Watson closed with a 3-under-par 69 _ his third subpar round of the week _ and completed 72 holes at 8-under 280. Spieth, who shared the 54-hole lead with Watson, shot a 72 and tied Blixt for second place at 283. Blixt carded a 71.
Spieth, who with Blixt was playing in his first Masters, was trying to become the youngest winner in Masters history.
Fifty-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez played 3-under-par golf on the back nine to climb to a fourth-place finish at 284 after a 71. Matt Kuchar came the closest to challenging the leaders early on the front nine, but a 4-putt double bogey at the par-3 fourth stifled any momentum he had built. He tied for fifth with Rickie Fowler at 286.
Spieth birdied four of his first seven holes to take the lead, including both of the par-3s in that stretch. But Watson matched both birdies at those par-3s, the fourth and the sixth holes, and added the birdies at 8 (four feet) and at 9 (15 feet) that put him on top for good.
A bogey at 10 by Watson narrowed his lead to one stroke, but Spieth dumped his tee ball at the par-3 12th into the water and made bogey and fell behind by 2 again.
When Watson two-putted for birdie at the par-5 13th, the lead was 3, and he maintained that margin through the rest of the round.