AUGUSTA, Ga. - He swings out of his shoes with a pink-shafted driver, his golf ball traveling distances that are awed and admired. Bubba Golf, it is called, often with disbelief and wonder.
Bubba Watson put his ability on full display Sunday, shooting a final-round 69 at Augusta National to pull away from Jordan Spieth on the back nine and win his second Masters in three years.
Only eight other players have won the Masters in such a short span including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus.
“It's overwhelming,” said Watson. “To win twice and be with those great names. A small-town guy named Bubba now has two green jackets. It’s pretty wild.”
No doubt. Watson, from tiny Bagdad, Fla., overcame a slow start and rallied from a two-shot deficit through seven holes to lead by two at the turn.
He was never caught, playing steady, hitting a mammoth 366-yard drive at the par-5 13th to set up a birdie
“This one was a lot better for me and my nerves and my family,”Watson quipped.