I don’t know how many suit jackets are in Bubba Watson‘s wardrobe – probably not many – but I do know there are at least two, and they’re both a very special shade of Masters green.
For much of the first nine holes, Watson and Jordan Spieth were locked in an intense battle, with neither player seeming to give much ground. Spieth had at one point taken a two-stroke lead over Watson on the front nine, but as he made back-to-back bogeys to finish the first nine, his youthful energy turned into exasperation.
Spieth’s time will almost certainly come, but for now, it’s all about the return of Watson to major championship form. His victory at Augusta National in 2012 elevated his career to a whole new level, but he simply didn’t live up to incredible expectations last season. His particular style of golf can certainly be volatile, to say the least, but this year he’s found a way to become a truly complete player, not just a bomber off the tee. Surely his distance helps, but when he’s got his irons working, he’s next to unstoppable.
Now that Watson is Masters champion once again, he joins an elite class of players that includes names like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Tom Watson. More than anything, it goes to prove that he’s not just a one-hit wonder who caught some lucky breaks. At just 35 years old, he’s putting better than he ever has, and there’s nothing to say that he can’t keep playing this way for years to come.
Bubba has refined every aspect of his game to take full advantage of Augusta’s layout, and that’s the mark of a true champion. Add to that the creativity and flat-out guts it takes to make shots like the one he did from the tee on 13 and the trees on 15, and you’ve got the win-at-all-costs mentality that it takes to get to this level.
Congratulations to Bubba Watson – the 2014 Masters champion.