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WATSON TRIUMPHS AT US MASTERS

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Bubba Watson clinched his second Green Jacket in three years by holding off Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt to win the 78th Masters.

The American left-hander, 35, shot a final-round 69 to win by three after overhauling a two-shot deficit on his co-overnight leader Spieth on a sultry day at Augusta.

Americans Rickie Fowler (73) and Matt Kuchar 74) finished two under, with England’s Lee Westwood (73) one under in seventh place, his 17th top-10 finish in majors.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy hit a three-under 69 to end level par and record his best Masters finish of tied eighth.

Watson became the 17th player to win two Masters titles, eight of whom have gone on to win three or more Green Jackets.

“Walking up 18 was a little bit easier this time,” said Watson, who beat Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off two years ago.

“This one is a lot different. The first one I kind of lucked into it, but this is a lot of hard work. After giving it back I wanted to get it back again.”

Watson began the day tied with Spieth at five under, but the 2012 champion quickly slipped two behind after three holes.

The Floridian was temporarily three back when Spieth holed his bunker shot on the short fourth, but Watson rolled in his own birdie putt to stay two back at six under.

By the eighth they were level on seven under, but the tide turned Watson’s way when he enjoyed a two-shot swing on the ninth with a birdie to Spieth’s bogey to lead by two going into the infamous back nine.

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