Bubba Watson hits a golf ball like nobody I’ve ever seen before. Having only had a couple of lessons ever, and being mainly self-taught, he works the ball in the air with his unusual looking swing like nobody else can! The power he possesses gives him the ability to make long; difficult holes look a lot simpler than they would be for other players.
However, this time he seemed a lot more in control emotionally and therefore looked in complete control coming down the stretch. That emotion then spilled over after he tapped in on the 18th having secured victory. His wife and adopted son, now nicknamed "Baby Bubba" by commentator Peter Alliss came onto the final green and the tears shed by the champion showed just how much this 2nd Masters victory meant to him, seeing as they were not present for his first victory two-years ago.
Bubba is now set to be part of the US Ryder Cup team vs Europe at Gleneagles in September, and there is a very good chance that Spieth will be joining him as well. With Spieth's ability and seemingly calm nature under pressure combined with the experience and sheer power of Bubba, they would make a formidable pairing for any of the European players to face in Scotland.
Other players showed glimpses of a challenge at Augusta that failed to materialise, although worryingly again from a European perspective, they were mainly from Americans. Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler both showed their qualities but in the end couldn't catch Bubba. Chances are they will both be at the Ryder Cup as well.
The best European challenge came from young Swede, Jonas Blixt, who showed promise for the future and also why he is also in contention for the Ryder Cup by finishing joint 2nd alongside Spieth.
Another good European performance came from veteran Spaniard, and possibly the coolest golfer on tour, Miguel Angel Jimenez.
At the age of 51, and just a year after breaking his leg, he continued to show his quality and also why everybody loves to watch him play. A 4th place finish ensured that all is not lost from a European perspective (and was also good for my dad who had him at 150/1 on an each way bet!)
Overall, this year's Masters was a great week's golf as it always is, but it is now 15-years since a European winner at Augusta. However, I think that with the likes of Mcilroy and Justin Rose, who showed glimpses of what they are capable of this week, heading the European cause, I think all is not lost and we will see a European winner at Augusta in the not too distant future.
Talking of my old man winning a bet on this year's Masters, did any of you have a winning flutter? Let us know if so!