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.
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.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson squandered an early five-stroke advantage and was caught by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth as the youngster tied him for the lead at the end of a pressure-packed third round of the Masters on Saturday.
Spieth, playing with patience and discipline belying his years, posted a solid two-under-par 70 to join Watson on five-under 211 on a warm, sunny day at Augusta National that baked the famed greens to lightning speeds.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson saw a five-stroke lead disappear after a spell of bogeys during Saturday’s third round of the Masters.
Three bogeys in four holes from the fourth dropped 2012 champion Watson into a tie with Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and Jonas Blixt of Sweden on five under par for the championship with nine holes to play in the round.
AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 12 (Reuters) – Saturday is known as ‘Moving Day’ at the Masters and the chase is on at Augusta National in pursuit of leader Bubba Watson, who moved further ahead early in the third round of the year’s opening major.
Watson, the 2012 champion, bogeyed the first hole but more than made up for that with an eagle at the par-five second to reach eight under par and extend his overnight lead by one to four strokes on a warm, sun-splashed day at the classic course.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – American Gary Woodland roared into contention early in the third round of the Masters by posting a record-tying six-under-par 30 for the front nine at Augusta National on Saturday.
Woodland, who began the warm, sunny day 10 strokes behind halfway leader Bubba Watson, shot up the leaderboard with four birdies and an eagle over his first nine and then added a birdie at the 10th to move within three shots of the 2012 champion.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Precocious Jordan Spieth is minding his mentor Ben Crenshaw, keeping his emotions under control and staying patient in the thick of the hunt at the midway point of the Masters.
Playing his first Masters, the 20-year-old Spieth shot 71 in Thursday’s opening round then went one better on Friday when the wind howled across the Augusta National pines, to tie for third place at three-under 141, four shots behind leader Bubba Watson.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – First-round leader Bill Haas went backwards with one of his shots and on the leaderboard in the second round of the Masters on Friday, stumbling to a 78 to stand nine shots off the pace.
Haas, who led the field after his opening 68, had seven bogeys along with a double-bogey at the 11th, where his tee shot nestled against a tree on the left side and he was forced to hit the ball backhanded into the fairway.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Three-times champion Phil Mickelson missed his first cut at the Masters in 17 years, the victim of another whopping bad hole at Augusta National on Friday.
Mickelson, who posted a pair of sevens during Thursday’s opening-round 76, finished outside the cut by one stroke, undone by a triple-bogey six at the par-three 12th.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson had a hard time dealing with his success after winning the Masters in 2012, but the left-hander looked ready to give major success another try armed with the 36-hole lead at Augusta National.
Watson used a blistering run of five successive birdies to post a four-under-par 68 and seize the lead at seven-under 137 after Friday’s second round of the year’s opening major.