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    Masters , golf, 2014

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    Aici sint informatiile. Bubba care cred ca si " merge pe apa" joaca formidabil si conduce cu trei lovituri dupa 2 zile. Greener ultrarapide si tari au facut sa raminem fara o multime de jucatori super. Mikelson de exemplu. Si Garcia, si invingatori din anii precedenti!
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    Birdie's name is Bubba. Elementary, My Dear Watson!

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    Aici sint informatiile. Bubba care cred ca si " merge pe apa" joaca formidabil si conduce cu trei lovituri dupa 2 zile. Greener ultrarapide si tari au facut sa raminem fara o multime de jucatori super. Mikelson de exemplu. Si Garcia, si invingatori din anii precedenti!
    ...ca si regula de 10 prin care prestatia lui Bubba a...decimat efectiv numarul de jucatori de golf din cele doua runde finale. Magistrala lovitura de birdie de la cupa 14, unde Bubba ii multumeste lui Garcia.

    “This year is about rejoicing,” he said. Tell that to the likes of Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald and Sergio García... Si Ernie Els, Victor Dubuisson, Webb Simpson, Charl Schwartzel, Graeme McDowell, Harris English, Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Angel Cabrera, Keegan Bradley sau Jason Dufner, printre altii.

    Bubba trebuie sa nu uite ca este doar la jumatate de drum si ca trebuie sa isi pastreze calmul si sa arate tuturor, dar mai ales lui insusi, ca poate avea nervi de otel in situatii de presiune. Numai printr-un joc fara fisuri, impenetrabil, mai jos si la propriu, poate sa se bucure in lacrimi de a doua jacheta verde, duminica seara.

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    ce mi-ar placea sa castige Jimenez...
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    Quote Originally Posted by atisha View Post
    ce mi-ar placea sa castige Jimenez...
    Te referi ca ai facut un pronostic inainte de The Master sau...ca-ti place, asa, in general? Parca am presimtit ca Bubba...e Bubba, ca dovada ca ma forteaza de fiecare data sa-l...jinx-uesc. Pacat de drive-urile alea imposibile care convertite i-ar fi adus practic jacheta de ieri dar cand iti tremura manseta... Sa revenim la ultima runda care se anunta incendiara, caci oricare dintre participanti aflati intr-un interval de cinci-sase lovituri are sansa sa castige. Cu alte cuvinte, de la Adam Smith, inca cu sansa, minima, e drept, la Jordan Spieth care mi se pare, acum, favoritul. In afara de prestatia lui Jimenez, cu o runda excelenta de 66, cum numai el o poate face, il mai remarc si pe "conationalul" prin adoptie, al meu si al lui Dorin, Jonas Blixt, debutant la turneu, cu un putting aproape fara cusur, pe flashy Rickie, in mare forma in acest an, si pe mereu jovialul, constantul Kuch, toti cu sanse egale de a imbraca mult ravnita jacheta verde. Pentru mine, daca nu ia Bubba, mi-as dori sa-i vad prietenul Fowler la interviul final si daca nu el de ce nu...Miguel Angel, un alt mare caracter din lumea golfului.

    ...IF YOU drink, open a bottle of Rioja; if you smoke, grab a cigar, preferably a Cohiba; if you’re over 50 years of age, put a spring in your step....

    Jimenez proves there’s still life in the old dog Nick Pitt The Sunday Times

    Veteran Spaniard Jimenez stays in touch with Bubba Watson and remains in contention to be oldest man to win a major

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    An excellent day for Jimenez keepws his Masters hopes alive (JIM WATSON)

    IF YOU drink, open a bottle of Rioja; if you smoke, grab a cigar, preferably a Cohiba; if you’re over 50 years of age, put a spring in your step. Miguel Angel Jimenez is on the march.

    Jimenez shot the round of the day, and the round of the tournament thus far, when he fired seven birdies and lapsed only once with a bogey as he scored a 66 that took him from lowly obscurity on the leaderboard right into contention.

    Don’t worry. If he should go on to become the oldest man to win a major, Jimenez will be celebrating himself. Even if he doesn’t win, he will have a drink or two and look back on a job well done.

    The Spaniard, who comes from Malaga in Andalusia, is a man who knows how to live. He takes his golf seriously, and he is a seriously good player, noted for laser-guided approach shots when he’s on form. But he also knows how to enjoy himself. A glass of red and a fat cigar are his almost constant companions.

    Whenever he is invited to The Masters — this is his 15th appearance — Jimenez hires a house for his family and friends, and they kick off their shoes and have fun. On at least one evening during the week, a giant paella is cooked and the chef, because he loves to entertain, is Jimenez himself.

    After rounds of 71 and 76, which saw him make the cut without making waves, Jimenez found his best form yesterday. Over the very difficult front nine, he was merely excellent, with seven pars and birdies on the third and fifth holes.

    At the start of the back nine, the sequence of holes that are potentially most ruinous, Jimenez found brilliance. Very few players ever make back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes at Augusta. Jimenez did it as if it was holiday golf. He made his one costly error with a bogey on the short 12th, where he had a double-bogey five on Friday, but immediately went back into surplus with birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th.

    As Jimenez was concluding his round with a par on the 18th, the halfway leader, Bubba Watson, was teeing off on the first. His advantage over the Spaniard, which had been 10 strokes when Jimenez struck his first tee shot, had been reduced to just four and Jimenez had had the easier of the conditions.

    He turned 50 in January and is now the third player in Masters history to shoot 66, six under par, after living for half a century. The others are notable figures indeed: Ben Hogan, who achieved the feat in 1967, and Fred Couples, who did it in 2010.

    Jimenez has an ultra-relaxed reputation, but he works hard at his game and makes sure that his body remains supple, with a rigorous exercise regime and somewhat bizarre stretching routine before each round, often while smoking a giant cigar. He is eligible to play on the Seniors Tour but continues to appear on the European Tour because he hopes to qualify for the Ryder Cup match in September.

    When he won the Hong Kong Open in December he became the oldest winner on the Tour. Should he make the Ryder Cup team, he will be the oldest player ever for Europe.

    “I played very solid all day long,” Jimenez said yesterday in his colourful if imperfect English. “A beautiful day here. Just because you are 50 does not mean you cannot play golf. I’m still flexible. I hit the ball longer than ever.

    “The main thing is that I like doing what I am doing in my life. I enjoy competing. I like the feeling of the knot in my stomach. I feel that thing since Monday when I got here and it doesn’t disappear. I love that pressure. That’s why I’m still competing.”

    The Spaniard is one of six players over 50 to make the cut at this year’s Masters. “Experience is always very important,” he said. “It’s not about hitting the shot or whatever. It’s about passion and staying calm. This golf course is demanding. You need to be very strong mentally.”

    Jimenez, who has played in four Ryder Cup matches, as well as serving as a vice-captain, has never won a major championship. Should he do so on this occasion, he would be the oldest man to do it, at the Masters or anywhere else, by a distance. The oldest winner at Augusta is Jack Nicklaus, who was 46 when he triumphed in 1986. The oldest winner of any major was Julius Boros, who won the 1968 US PGA championship at the age of 48.

    Physically and mentally, Jimenez has the ability to win today. He is fit for his age and is unlikely to tire. Furthermore, his game, when in the groove, is suited to the demands of the Augusta National course. Jimenez is competent in most aspects of the game but exceptionally accurate with his iron shots. He has always been able to shoot low rounds.

    The odds, of course, are against the miracle. History tells us that almost invariably the old fellows make a tilt at the title and fade away when the heat is really on. That is what has happened lately to Couples. When Nicklaus won in his late forties it was the last hurrah of one of the game’s greatest champions and the one who knew the course better than anyone. He was also aided by a fearful mistake by Seve Ballesteros.

    Jimenez’s best finish at Augusta National is a tie for eighth in 2008. A host of younger and hungrier men will be against him today. But Jimenez will not fear winning or losing. Whichever way it goes, he will celebrate in his own special way and he would no doubt be pleased if we were all to join him, wherever we might be. The toast, therefore, is Miguel Angel Jimenez.

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    Desi as dori sa castige Blixt "conationalul" cea mai mare bucurie este sa castige Jimenez , omul din Malaga. Vestit pentru sarmul lui, pantofii de 3000 de euro, fumator de havana si mai ales metoda de incalzire ( vezi youtube) . La 50 de ani ar fi recordul de varsta si confirmare glorioasa. Si-l poti saluta. pe terenul Parador linga Malaga( am jucat acolo...) http://youtu.be/6PuO3y1DopM
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    Cu alte cuvinte, This Guy Is Very Good, He's 49, looks 59, and swings like 19! Am inteles ca are si ceva mai...tanar langa el, asta fara vreo aluzie sexista ci poate si ca o explicatie/dovada de/ca acest viveur este in forma maxima, inca.

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    superb a jucat Bubba. cat despre Miguel, am stiut ca nu e ziua lui inca de la prima cupa... dar totusi, locul 4 nu-i de colea.

    da, tin cu el oriunde joaca, e o mare figura. mi-a placut si in EurAsia Cup in rolul de capitan de echipa. un tip extrem de simpatic.
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    Am intuit asta, intrebarea era, de fapt, mai mult retorica caci raspunsul este simplu. Miguel este un tip foarte placut, social si un jucator de golf exceptional care tine foarte bine trena la varsta lui, el fiind un vesnic tanar. Voi reveni mai incolo cu cateva articole si comentarii, despre, secret...nu foarte bine pazit, Bubba Watson.
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    A Humble Champion

    Blubber Watson leads the way in vintage Masters Rick Broadbent The Times

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    It was billed as a wake for Tiger Woods’s bad back and ended up as a teary welcome back for Bubba Watson, but what did we learn from the 2014 Masters?

    It’s good to cry
    Bubba Watson famously blubbed when he won the Masters in 2012. He did it when he returned the next year and spoke about his adopted son, Caleb. On Sunday he was at it again.

    After his three-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt, he said: “Yeah, I’m gonna cry, because why me? Why Bubba Watson from Bagdad, Florida? Why is he winning?”

    Well, the course suits his lumberjack game, epitomised by his remarkable drive on the 13th on Sunday. His duel with Spieth had turned on a four-shot swing at the 8th and 9th, but that shot was crushing.

    Watson is far smarter and calculating than he portrays himself, but the emotion is real. “Seeing him — what a blessing for us to go through the adoption process,” he said after celebrating with Caleb. “There are so many kids out there that need homes.”

    Rory McIlroy is a class act
    McIlroy was the bookies’ favourite going into Augusta, but had not won on the PGA Tour since 2012. He thinks the sport needs a dominant figure to transcend it, but alas he transcended the course only with his azalea hunt.

    He rallied to a share of eighth place after four birdies in five holes on Sunday but was never in contention. However, he is still the best thing the sport at home has seen for a generation and most likely catalyst to redress the falling participation numbers that led to Sport England slashing grassroots funding.

    Augusta is great and green, but the uniform hair, teeth and jackets, allied to manifold rules (no tickets to be sold within 2,700 feet of the place) and whiff of crustiness scarcely sell the sport to the young.

    McIlroy has a better chance but the best thing about his week was his reaction to losing to Jeff Knox, the Augusta member employed to play with him as a marker after the cut yielded an uneven number of players. Sergio García reputedly refused to shake Knox’s hand after suffering the same ignominy in 2006, but McIlroy chatted to Knox, lauded his game and even quipped that the amateur might have three-putted at the last to give him a half. The game may not have been at its best, but that was a touch of class.

    Paul McGinley has a headache
    It is early days, of course, but players missing out on Ryder Cup qualification at present include Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell. Paul McGinley has three captain’s picks, but may have to leave one or two big names out. Another thing he will have to contend with is the presence of Victor Dubuisson, the Frenchman who is top of the European points list. He already has a troubled relationship with the French press and is a purveyor of the finest Gallic flair and glares. Some in Augusta warned that the rules of the Ryder Cup will not sit easily with him, and the Europe team officials must be quivering at the prospects of questions about his childhood. D’Artagnan-in-his-dad’s-clothes says he quit school at “10 or 12 or something”. He does not like to talk about it. He could be a thorn in both sides come September.

    There is life after Tiger
    It is odd that Tiger Woods, über-uncool and a serial philanderer, is still golf’s favoured icon. So TV viewing figures in the United States were down, with Woods’s absence pinpointed as the reason.

    However, there is a new generation and Spieth leads it. Only 20, he said that he had been working his whole life to lead the Masters on Sunday.

    “Right now the only thing I’m thinking about is: ‘When am I getting back?’ ” he said. Spieth did not usurp Woods as the youngest Masters winner in history, but may be one to replace him if Woods’s injuries persist.

    Ryder Cup details

    The top four in the European points list qualify, then the top five in the world points list who are not in the top four of the European points list qualify. Captain Paul McGinley will also select three wildcards

    European Ryder Cup points lists

    European points

    1, V Dubuisson (Fr) 2,297,434

    2, J Donaldson (GB) 2,165,473

    3, T Bjorn (Den) 1,932,606

    4, H Stenson (Swe) 1,718,866

    World points

    1, S Garcia (Sp) 203.86

    2, R McIlroy (N Ire) 157.41

    3, I Poulter (GB) 122.96

    4, J Rose (GB) 102.97

    5, L Donald (GB) 100.28

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    Masters Tournament10 - 13 April 2014

    1 Bubba Watson -8 18
    2 Jordan Spieth -5 18
    2 Jonas Blixt -5 18
    4 Miguel Angel Jimenez -4 18
    5 Matt Kuchar -2 18
    5 Rickie Fowler -2 18
    7 Lee Westwood -1 18
    8 John Senden Par 18
    8 Thomas Bjorn Par 18
    8 Bernhard Langer Par 18
    8 Jimmy Walker Par 18
    8 Kevin Stadler Par 18
    8 Rory McIlroy Par 18
    14 Justin Rose +1 18
    14 Henrik Stenson +1 18
    14 Chris Kirk +1 18
    14 Jim Furyk +1 18
    14 Jamie Donaldson +1 18
    14 Stewart Cink +1 18
    14 Adam Scott +1 18
    21 Jason Day +2 18
    21 Ian Poulter +2 18
    21 Fred Couples +2 18
    21 Bill Haas +2 18
    25 Louis Oosthuizen +3 18
    26 Joost Luiten +4 18
    26 Hunter Mahan +4 18
    26 Gary Woodland +4 18
    26 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano +4 18
    26 Steven Bowditch +4 18
    31 Steve Stricker +5 18
    31 Martin Kaymer +5 18
    31 Russell Henley +5 18
    34 K.J. Choi +6 18
    34 Stephen Gallacher +6 18
    34 Jose Maria Olazabal +6 18
    37 Brandt Snedeker +7 18
    37 Brendon De Jonge +7 18
    37 Thongchai Jaidee +7 18
    37 Vijay Singh +7 18
    37 Billy Horschel +7 18
    42 Kevin Streelman +8 18
    42 Lucas Glover +8 18
    44 Thorbjorn Olesen +9 18
    44 Mike Weir +9 18
    44 Nick Watney +9 18
    44 Sandy Lyle +9 18
    44 Darren Clarke +9 18
    49 Oliver Goss +10 18
    50 Francesco Molinari +11 18
    51 Larry Mize +16 18
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    Ce frumos compliment de la un mare campion. Interesant, idolul lui Bubba Watson a fost si este... Seve Balesteros

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    The Winning (Food)Formula For Bubba In The Marshal 's Pot:

    Bubba’s health drive Brian Oliver The Times

    Fitness coach Andrew Fischer is the man behind 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson's healthy lifestle and new-found success

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    WHEN Bubba Watson took the career-changing decision to employ Andrew Fischer in 2009, he had never won a tournament on the PGA Tour or aroused the interest of high-profile sponsors. He wore XXL T-shirts and consumed enough burgers, ice cream, chocolate and Coke to fuel a family.

    Fischer, meanwhile, was learning to live with rejection and sleeping in his car as he traipsed around the PGA Tour trying, unsuccessfully, to persuade players that his sports science expertise could make them fitter, and consequently better, golfers. He could not afford hotels, and blagged day passes for local gyms by saying he had just moved to the area. “I took my showers at the YMCA, and brushed my teeth in the car,” he says.

    Even when Watson decided to give it a go, he soon found Fischer’s fitness programme too demanding. “He was taken aback and wasn’t sure he was up for it,” says Fischer, who was a keen golfer before turning to fitness coaching. “It was hard work for Bubba, but we eventually agreed he would try one more week, then extended the work during the off-season, and that turned into five years.”

    Watson was ranked 72nd in the world when he teamed up with Fischer. In those five years he has become a winner, a multi-millionaire and a superstar. There is far more to Watson’s success than his physical fitness – becoming a father and his happy family life, gaining confidence from his first win, the support and advice of his trusted caddie, and a calmer mental approach ­– but it has been hugely influential. He took on a routine of an hour a day, six days a week in the gym “not only for my golf, but for my overall health”. He ate sensibly, gradually lost more than two stones and dropped the XX from his shirt size.

    “He could showcase his new, slimmer physique and look the way he wanted to look,” says Fischer, who has travelled the circuit with Watson throughout most of those five years. “Your physical appearance can affect your state of mind. If you feel your best you can play your best – we talk about it all the time.

    “He has more confidence. Bubba wasn’t a magazine-cover guy before, but after the weight loss, people were looking at him, valuing him. You use fitness to create confidence in a player."

    The big-money sponsorship deals started to roll in, too.

    “Setting goals was the most important thing at the start,” says Fischer, who has a degree in exercise science. Watson’s first aim was to win a tournament, which he did in 2010. Then two in a year, which he did in 2011. Then a major, which he did so famously at Augusta in 2012. Last year was unproductive for Watson: it may be a coincidence, but Fischer spent far less time with him, having suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident.

    “He did it all,” says Fischer, who is at the forefront of a boom in golf fitness, with more and more players employing specialists. “He had issues with focus, issues with anger management, and nutrition problems. His diet was poor. These have been big changes, and Bubba has done it all.”

    The anger management issues have occasionally resurfaced, most notably when he threw a club away in disgust last year and criticised his caddie – they made up later - and in his final pre-Masters tournament, when he withdrew after taking 11 on one hole, claiming he felt "all discombobulated".

    Watson has admitted that he cared little for working out when he started on tour in 2006. “You're young, you don't care about anything, you hit the ball miles and think ‘Why do I need to work out? I don't need to fix anything.’ But I was eating chocolate cake every day, ice cream, steak, hamburgers, french fries – and about six cans of Coke every day.”

    Six cans was, and still is, nothing compared to John Daly’s consumption. The game’s most famous heavyweight, who won two majors in the 1990s, spoke last week of his addiction to Diet Coke. He used to drink 26-28 cans a day and is now downing “only” 10-12.

    Unlike Daly, Watson has never drunk alcohol. He is a committed Christian, as are Fischer and Watson’s loyal caddie, Ted Scott. He donates large sums to church projects, and his best friend on the circuit is Aaron Baddeley, another devout Christian. “God has a purpose for me, and for some reason He has chosen golf,” Watson once told a religious magazine. If he needs advice from beyond his immediate golfing circle he will talk to a pastor.

    Watson is the ultimate “feel” golfer, capable of playing shots by intuition that others would never dream of. Tiger Woods likes to play practice rounds with him. “Tiger does it because he likes to look and learn from Bubba,” says Fischer. “In 15 years of watching golf I have never seen anybody capable of playing the shots he plays.”

    Watson has never had a lesson or a swing coach, and never will. “I'll never change from that. I'll keep playing golf the way I know how to play it.”

    If Watson plays by “feel” he sometimes trains the same way. “If he’s feeling low on energy we’ll have a rest day,” says Fischer who, like others in the golf fitness business, likes to take things slowly. Weight loss and changes in diet are not to be rushed.

    “I have a hard time seeing people play golf in an unhealthy state,” he says. “But if you lose weight too quickly you’ll find yourself on a different swing plane. You need to lose weight little by little over a long time, a natural progression. Too sudden, no chance.”

    Fischer is looking for “deficiencies and weaknesses” to work on in the gym. “Everybody has them,” he says. “Some of the work is just maintenance, other parts more corrective.”

    The key to Watson’s 2012 success at Augusta was, says Fischer, mental more than physical. A few days before the Masters Watson and his wife, Angie, adopted a newborn child – their first.

    “I honestly do not believe he would have won in 2012 had he not adopted Caleb,” says Fischer. “He was so scared, nervous and excited about being a new dad that he hadn’t had the usual build-up for The Masters. Suddenly golf was an escape from the tribulations of the world - something it had never been before. He could think, ‘Now I remember why I loved golf’. So much of golf is about how you feel, and he felt right.”

    After that first win at Augusta, Watson said he had “never dreamed this far”.

    “I had,” says Fischer. “It has been an incredible journey.”

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    In final, un articol care sumeaza foarte bine performanta lui Bubba Watson de la Augusta.

    Past honored, present rewarded with Watson's win

    Watson adds second Green Jacket while Spieth's future continues to appear bright

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. - With the final putt safely in and the tears of victory having momentarily subsided, Bubba Watson shook the hand of Jordan Spieth, his playing partner and primary pursuer Sunday at Augusta National. Then he gave Spieth a hug. Told him how talented he was, reminded him that he was just 20 years old, that he would have many more opportunities to win the Masters.

    All the things you would expect a gracious champion to say to a youngster who was hurting and trying to process the pain of a valiant effort that came up short.

    It's doubtful Spieth heard a word of it.

    "You know," Watson said, "he doesn't really care what I have to say at that moment."

    The future is very bright for Spieth, the Texas phenom playing in his first Masters and bidding to become its youngest champion. But the future was put on hold Sunday. At Augusta National, the past is honored and the present is rewarded -- and Bubba Watson checks off both boxes.

    The 35-year-old mercurial left-hander outdueled Spieth over the final 11 holes to win his second Green Jacket in three years. His three-stroke win over Spieth and another Masters rookie, Jonas Blixt, is the widest margin of victory since Phil Mickelson's win in 2010. For a Sunday that shaped up to be fairly dramatic, the only suspense for most of the back nine seemed to be what kind of crazy shot Watson could manufacturer with his immense and unorthodox talent.

    Moving forward, the suspense may very well be how many Green Jackets Watson will eventually win. It's not likely that he will be held to just two.

    "This place, you know, suits him perfectly," said his good friend Rickie Fowler, who tied for fifth.

    Fowler found out first-hand how different Augusta National is for Watson than for everybody else. On Sunday, Fowler was in the same spot off the 10th fairway that Watson was in the playoff against Louis Oosthuizen two years ago. Watson, you'll recall, produced one of the Masters' most memorable shots from the pine needles and around the trees en route to the win.

    Fowler could only pitch out and hit wedge on his next shot.

    "He's able to hit golf shots around here that some guys can't," Fowler said. "It's fitting for him to win here."

    No such Hail Mary shots were needed on Sunday, but that didn't stop Watson from showing off.

    Take his drive at the 510-yard par-5 13th. He cut it too much around the corner and it sailed into the trees. Next thing you know, he hears cheers from the gallery, as the ball hit a tree and bounced back into the fairway. That left him just 140 yards, and his 56-degree sand wedge set up his final birdie to go 8 under.

    "His drive on 13," Spieth said, "I'll never forget."

    Or take his second shot at the 530-yard 15th. Bubba found the trees with a poor drive. His options? Hit an 8-iron through a tall gap, a 6-iron through a shorter gap toward a greenside bunker, or lay up. After consulting with caddie Ted Scott, the decision was to use the 6-iron and find the bunker.

    Of course, Watson wasn't content with that. He went flag-hunting.

    "You know me," he said. "I wanted to get it a little closer to the pin. So I cut it a little bit without telling my caddie I was going to do that."

    He couldn't get up-and-down for birdie, but the message had been sent. He was playing a game that no one else could match. He was seeing a game that no one else could see.

    Explained Scott: "For me, it would have been a big deal. I'm like, 'That's not a big gap.' But for him, he sees huge gaps."

    "That was nearly the greatest shot hit this week," added the Golf Channel's Frank Nobilo. "I still can’t figure out how he even saw that shot, let alone hit it. I didn’t think anyone was possible of hitting that shot.”

    It's possible for Bubba, though. That's what he does. That's how he plays. He has a bomber's physical gifts, an imagination with no limitations, and the creativity to pull it off. Oh, and do we need to remind you that he has never taken a lesson?

    No wonder his caddie calls it a "freak show." No wonder when they were walking down the 18th fairway, moments away from the Green Jacket, Scott turned to his boss and asked, "Are you from Mars or something, because I don't believe that you can hit these shots that you hit." Welcome to Bubba Golf.

    But if you go beyond the freak show, you'll find a dedication to his craft. Two years ago after Watson won his first Masters, he dedicated himself to being a father for newly adopted son Caleb. He also struggled to deal with the fame that comes with wearing the Green Jacket.

    It took him a year to adjust. After a winless 2013, he decided to give golf all he had while also maintaining the balance with his family. He worked out practice schedules with wife Angie, and the payoff is two wins in the first four months of 2014, including the season's first major.

    "I'm not really that good," Watson said. "I've got to keep practicing."

    You see, there are no shortcuts in golf. Certainly there are no shortcuts at Augusta National. The learning curve generally is long.

    Spieth, in his first start here, did himself proud this week. He shot par or better in every round and had a two-shot lead until he stumbled with consecutive bogeys to Watson's birdies at the eighth and ninth holes.

    But he kept grinding on the back nine while battling his frustration. This is a player who wants to be a major winner and is in a hurry to get there. Don't worry, he will soon enough. This week was a huge positive step for the youngster. He will take his lumps and his lessons and be the better player for it.

    "It stings right now," Spieth said, "The only thing I'm thinking about is when am I getting back next year."

    When Watson gets back next year, he will be wearing the Green Jacket and deciding what will be served at the Champion's dinner. The last time, it was a traditional southern meal with grilled chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and cornbread.

    No telling if he'll change the menu. You see, it's best not to predict what Bubba will do. Just sit back and enjoy the freak show.

    http://www.pgatour.com/news/2014/04/...h-masters.html
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    Tiger Woods is back! Dupa o perioada de probleme grave cu spatele, operatii, etc, cel mai mare jucator de golf, din perioada moderna, dupa Jack Nicklaus, castiga Master-ul de la Augusta, cel mai important turneu de golf din lume. Este al 15-lea open castigat si al 81-lea din cariera. Marele perdant, italianul Francesco Molinari, castigatorul British Open, anul trecut, care conducea cu trei dupa 65 de cupe din 72, dar doua de double bogey l-a scos din cursa.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/li...ri-tiger-woods
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