AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 14 (Reuters) – The 78th Masters began as one of the most wide open in decades, but it will not go down as a classic after a surprisingly lacklustre finish on Sunday when Bubba Watson clinched his second green jacket.
The roars for which the year’s first major is famous never materialised on the back nine, mainly due to a scarcity of birdies and eagles, and Watson ultimately eased to victory by three shots.
AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 13 (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.
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.
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 four holes, left-hander Watson took advantage of a stumbling run by his fellow American around the turn as he upped his own game, then maintained control on the back nine.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – The 78th Masters was poised for another thrilling finish as 2012 champion Bubba Watson outdueled playing partner Jordan Spieth over the front nine to seize a two-shot lead at Augusta National on Sunday.
Left-hander Watson mixed four birdies with a lone bogey to reach the turn in three-under 33, moving to eight under overall in pursuit of his second major title.
AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 13 (Reuters) – Matt Kuchar reeled off two consecutive birdies to join fellow American Jordan Spieth in an early tie for the Masters lead at six under par in Sunday’s final round.
Kuchar knocked in a tap-in at the par-five second, then chipped in from just off the green at the par-four third to join Spieth at the top on a warm day at Augusta National where the greens ran lightning fast.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Conditions were tricky for early starters on a lightning-fast, sun-baked Augusta National layout where a tightly bunched leaderboard was likely to create a gripping finish to the Masters on Sunday.
Only seven players were under par for the final round in the early going, Australian Steve Bowditch the best of them after eagling the par-five second and recording a birdie at the par-four third to get to one over for the tournament.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Swede Jonas Blixt has taken to major championships like a duck to water and helped by superb putting on lightning-fast greens, he stayed in contention for the 78th Masters with an ice-cool display on Saturday.
The 29-year-old needed only 27 putts on a day when many of the game’s best players were humbled on the greens, carding a one-under-par 71 to finish the third round just one stroke off the lead.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Matt Kuchar knows Augusta National as well as anyone at this week’s Masters and he was delighted to surge into contention on Saturday after coping with slick greens he described as “on the frightening side”.
Georgia resident and world number seven Kuchar, who has recorded top-10 finishes in his last two Masters starts, fired a four-under-par 68 in sun-baked conditions to end the third round of the year’s opening major one stroke off the lead.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Just six days from making his debut on the Champions Tour for players over 50, charismatic Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez is best known for his love of cigars and Rioja wine, and his quirky warm-up routine.
Yet the pony-tailed 50-year-old from Malaga has produced some of the best golf of his career in recent months and on Saturday at the Masters he fired the lowest score of the tournament to surge into contention.