WSB's Jay Black was in Augusta covering the Masters all weekend for WSB
WSB Masters notebook: Final Round
It won't go down in history for excitement, but Sunday's final round at the Masters is historic for what Bubba Watson accomplished. His final round 69 is good enough for a tournament score of eight under par. He wins by three of Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth. Here are some notes and observations on the end of the 78th Masters.
1. Bubba Watson's second green jacket in three years makes him only one of nine people to pull it off. He's also the first person since Palmer to win two green jackets in six starts.
2. Watson is the first person in the last five years to win the Masters after being the 54-hole leader.
3. What he gets: Another green jacket and $1.62 million.
4. When this round started, it looked like Bubba was going to spray it all over the lot and Jordan Spieth would make history. Watson dropped to four under par after a bogey on No. 3. Spieth holed out his bunker shot on four to improve to seven par. Moments later Watson birdied to get it back to a two shot deficit. This would be very important.
5. Both players would birdie No. 6 and No. 7 to make it a two horse race. Usually the Masters starts on the back nine on Sunday, today it started on No. 8.
6. This is the par 5 was the 15th easiest hole during the tournament. Any par five is birdie time for Watson. But Spieth should have done the same. He hit his second shot way right and left his pitch too short. and then 3-putted for bogey. That would be the first two shot swing to tie it.
7. Hole No. 9 was another Masters lesson learned for Spieth. You can't be short on your approach. At all. Ever. Spieth was. Ball rolls back down the hill. He bogeys. Watson birdies.
8. Next lesson for the 20 year old. On No. 12 on Sunday aim at the bunker. For the love of all things holy, don't be right. Spieth was. His shot was short. It was wet. And that's the tournament sports fans.
9. The defining shot of this tournament wasn't that important, but Bubba's drive on No. 13 was something to behold. A 360 yard drive that left him with a sand wedge, yes a SAND WEDGE into the Par 5. He reached it in two with a sand wedge. Bubba picked up a shot there.
10. Oh by the way that tee shot clipped the tree.
11. If Bubba keeps driving the ball like this at the Masters, he's going to have a sack full of green jackets. He was first in driving distance (305 yards) and 13th in fairways hit (71 percent).
12. When you do that you will hit your greens. Bubba was fifth in greens in regulation. He said all he wanted to do was hit greens and he did.
13. I had a buddy text me that this was the most boring final round ever. It was pretty close. Of the players in contention, Watson was the only one to break 70.
14. Jonas Blixt and Miguel Angel Jimenez were the only ones of the leaders to break par. Bernhard Langer and Rory McIlroy each shot 69, which vaulted them into a tie for eighth at even.
15. McIlroy lost to the non-competing marker in the third round. Maybe he should get an invite next.
16. Matt Kuchar had his chances. He jumped into a tie for the lead for about 15 minutes after his birdie on three. Then came the fourth, which he still may be putting. The dreaded four-putt on the hardest par 3 on the golf course sunk his chances.
17. Stewart Cink shot a 68, which was good enough for a tie for 14th. However, only the top 12 get an invite next year. Cink's exemption from his British Open win is over now.
18. The first round of the 2015 Masters is April 9. Can't wait.