Masters Tournament - Bubba Watson overpowers Augusta to win Masters

Bubba Watson claimed his second Masters title in three years, overpowering the course on his way to a final round 69 at Augusta National.

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Masters winner Bubba Watson, has 2013 winner Adam Scott (R), present him his green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament (Reuters)

The 2012 champion's third sub-70 round of the week saw him post an eight-under-par aggregate of 280, three ahead of Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt.

No other player in the field managed to break 70 more than once.

The big-hitting left-hander played his unique brand of golf to perfection, making birdies when he hit good shots, and simply powering his way out of trouble when he did not – and never more so than when hitting his second shot on the par-5 15th out of rough, through trees, over water and just off the back of the green to turn a moment of jeopardy into the simplest of pars.

"This one is a lot different," a teary-eyed Watson said before being helped into the revered green jacket by last year's Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia.

"The first one for me (his 2012 Masters win), it's almost like I lucked into it. This one was a lot of hard work and dedication.

"After giving away that jacket last year, kind of wanted it back. I never loved green so much."

Spieth, still only 20, briefly took the lead early in the final round, but the pressure of becoming the youngest ever champion – and the first debutant winner since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 – seemed to take its toll as he lost four shots to Watson on the 8th and 9th holes alone.

"It was so much fun, it really was," Spieth said afterwards. "Even if I didn't show it there on the back nine, it was. I took it all in, standing ovations for both of us to each green. It was a dream come true.

"Although it sits a little hard right now, I'll be back and I can't wait to be back. It was an incredible experience.

"Hats off obviously to Bubba, because when he's driving the ball well out here, he's very tough to beat."

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Several other players looked to be in position to challenge through the day - Blixt, Rickie Fowler, Miguel Angel Jimenez, 54-year-old Fred Couples and even Rory McIlroy, who went on a birdie rush around the turn – but one by one, all fell by the wayside.

With Speith misfiring, Blixt looked the likeliest challenger after he birdied the 13th, but he narrowly missed opportunities on 14, 15 and 16 and failed to put any pressure on the leader.

Watson hit some wayward drives early on and bogeyed the short par-4 third despite driving to within 20 yards of the green, but birdies on the 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th saw him go out in 33 and lead by two.

He bogeyed the 10th to see his lead cut to one shot, but Spieth put his ball in the water at the par-3 12th hole to restore Watson's two-shot advantage.

Watson then crushed a 366-yard drive around the corner on the par-5 13th, leaving himself a mere wedge to the green where he safely two-putted for birdie and a three shot lead that he retained all the way home.

He never again looked in danger, and in fact came close to birdies on 14, 15 and 16 as he cruised home, becoming the tenth man to win a second Green Jacket within three years of claiming his first.

Miguel Angel Jimenez closed with a 71 for fourth place at -4, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar shared fifth spot on -2, while Lee Westwood finished a frustrating week with a 73 for a -1 total and seventh place.

Behind Westwood was a six-way tie for 8th on level par that included 56-year-old Bernhard Langer, Jimmy Walker, John Senden, Kevin Stadler, Bjorn and McIlroy.

But the day belonged to one man: the 35-year-old Watson, winning a second Major champion in a style all his own - and in doing so bringing a breath of fresh air, both to Augusta National and golf in general.

Final leaderboard:

1 Bubba Watson -8

T2 Jonas Blixt -5

T2 Jordan Spieth -5

4 Miguel-Angel Jimenez -4

T5 Rickie Fowler -2

T5 Matt Kuchar -2

7 Lee Westwood -1

T8 Thomas Bjorn E

T8 Bernhard Langer E

T8 Rory McIlroy E

T8 John Senden E

T8 Kevin Stadler E

T8 Jimmy Walker E

T14 Stewart Cink 1

T14 Jamie Donaldson 1

T14 Jim Furyk 1

T14 Justin Rose 1

T14 Adam Scott 1

T14 Henrik Stenson 1

T20 Fred Couples 2

T20 Jason Day 2

T20 Bill Haas 2

T20 Chris Kirk 2

T20 Ian Poulter 2

25 Louis Oosthuizen 3

T26 Steven Bowditch 4

T26 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 4

T26 Joost Luiten 4

T26 Hunter Mahan 4

T26 Gary Woodland 4

T31 Russell Henley 5

T31 Martin Kaymer 5

T31 Steve Stricker 5

T34 K.J. Choi 6

T34 Stephen Gallacher 6

T34 Jose-Maria Olazabal 6

T37 Brendon DeJonge 7

T37 Billy Horschel 7

T37 Thongchai Jaidee 7

T37 Vijay Singh 7

T37 Brandt Snedeker 7

T42 Lucas Glover 8

T42 Kevin Streelman 8

T44 Darren Clarke 9

T44 Sandy Lyle 9

T44 Thorbjorn Olesen 9

T44 Nick Watney 9

T44 Mike Weir 9

49 Oliver Goss 10

50 Francesco Molinari 11

51 Larry Mize 16

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