Gerry Lester Watson became the a two-time Masters champion on the weekend after an astonishing closing round of 69. Gerry a.k.a ‘Bubba’ approached the final round in superb style with his cool, calm and collective manner which certainly was the difference between the him and the rest of the field. Bubba won his first green jacket in 2012 and just two years later he secured his second.
When the day started it was gearing up to be one hell of a final day at Augusta. Bubba and fellow American Jordan Speith started the final round on level terms at 5-under-par and straight from the off it was a two horsed race with many believing it was more of a match-play between the two rather than a competition of about 97 participants. Jordan Speith was looking to become the youngest ever winner of the Masters at the age of 20 and made a great start with a birdie at the second and a birdie at the fourth which took him into a two shot lead.
Speith made a few mistakes early on with some wayward tee shots but managed to either make par or birdie from these mistakes. On the fourth hole Speith found himself in the front bunker and was facing a challenge to make it up and down. But the young American showed nerves of steel as he played a beautiful shot which saw the ball land 10 feet before the pin and role in to the centre of hole. Bubba looked on in admiration at this shot and gave himself a life-line as he holed his putt for a birdie on the fourth after dropping a shot on the third. The lead began to slip from Speith’s grasp has he bogeyed the fifth hole. The 20-year-old recovered well with two wonderful birdies six and seven took him to 8 under-par and two shots clear of his playing partner and rival.
A four shot swing occurred just before the turn with Speith dropping a shot on eight and nine and Bubba picking up shots at eight and nine which saw Bubba go to 8 under-par and Speith to 6 under-par. Amen Corner proved to be the true turning point in the competition, with Bubba’s lead being extended further. Jordan Speith found Rae’s Creek on the par 3 twelfth but recovered well by getting up and down after taking a penalty shot. Bubba made sure he didn’t follow Speith into the water hazard and hit his tee shot through to the back of the green but played a superb chip to set up a par save. Bubba followed up this par save with a huge drive down the par 5 thirteenth which ultimately only left him with a short iron into the green. He two putted the green for birdie which took him to 8 under-par which was the score he finished on after the final round. Both players then parred in and with no players from the trailing pack making any move on the front two, Bubba did enough to win his second Masters title.