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US Masters final round coverage

Bubba Watson hits out of a bunker on the first fairway.
Bubba Watson hits out of a bunker on the first fairway. Photo: AP

That's it for today.

The Masters is a wonderful tournament, it was good this but not as good as last year.

Stay tuned with Fairfax Media for all the news and wrap ups from the final round.

And here is Adam Scott adorning the green jacket onto Bubba Watson as the 2014 champion.

Cue awkward conversation for TV cameras.

And here is Billy Payne, the chairman of Augusta National. Billy is also famous for heading the committee that organised the Atlanta Olympics.

Joining him are Watson and two Australians. Oliver Goss as the leading amateur and Adam Scott as the defending champion.

Two Australians are guaranteed to return to Augusta next year. Adam Scott as a former champion can come back whenever he likes while John Senden's equal-eighth finish means he is a starter for next year, with the top 12 golfers gaining an automatic invitation.

Bubba Watson gambled with his approach shot on 15 and won.
Bubba Watson gambled with his approach shot on 15 and won. Photo: Getty images
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Jordan Spieth's putting let him down, consistently missing on the low side of the hole
Jordan Spieth's putting let him down, consistently missing on the low side of the hole Photo: Reuters

The turning point today was the 8th and 9th hole. He trailed Spieth by two shots on the 8th tee but led by two on the 10th.

Watson was the epitomy of calm this week. His first round set it up. He was the only one of the late starters to rise up the leaderboard when he fired a bogey-free 69. He took the lead in the second round and was there or there abouts from the point onwards.

Last year, Watson as the 2012 champion put the green jacket on Adam Scott. This year, Scott returns the favour.

Bubba Watson transforms into Blubber Watson as he tearfully embraces his family on the side of green.

18th green: Spieth's putt again misses on the low side. He makes par and finishes equal second with Jonas blixt.

He comes Bubba. and the putt is left just short but he wins by three shots!

A comprehensive performance!

 

18th fairway: Jordan Spieth plays a similar shot. He has a realistic chance at birdie and with it outright second.

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On 18th green: Blixt sinks the par putt to finish at five under and, at worst, a third-placed finish but probably outright second or tied for second.

One group left on the course.

18th fairway: Watson hits the ball over the pin. He has a 10-foot putt for birdie, he is the Masters champion.

On 18 green: Jonas Blixt's lenghty birdie chip from off the green. He must hole it to have any chance of winning.

He doesn't. If he sinks the par putt, though, that will be his 15th regulation hole for the round and his fourth under-par round for the tournament. A model of consistency.

Kuchar's par putt finishes just to the left. He finishes at two-under.

18th tee: Watson's tee shot bisects the fairway. Here is the equation. Spieth must birdie the hole and Watson must have a double bogey for there to be a playoff.

Spieth pumps it past Watson on the fairway (Watson hit a four wood).

17th green: Watson nails it for his 11th one-putt green today. He gives a fist pump he knows this tournament is all but in the bag. He is one good tee shot away from his second green jacket.

LEADERBOARD (US unless stated)
Bubba Watson -8 (17)

Jonas Blixt -5 (17) (SWE)
Jordan Spieth -5 (17)

Miguel Angel Jimenez -4 (F) (ESP)

Matt Kuchar -3 (17)

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John Senden E (F) (AUS)
Adam Scott +1 (F) (AUS)
Jason Day +2 (F) (AUS)
Steven Bowditch +4 (F) (AUS)
Oliver Goss +10 (F) (AUS)

18th fairway: Jonas Blixt's tournament chances have just about gone with his second shot short of the green.

17th green: Spieth holes out while Watson's chip is good but par is not guaranteed. If he sinks it only a double bogey on the last could cruel his chances.

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On 17 green (sort of): Spieth's pitch shot from the right is taking forever for him to play .... he lines up now and leaves it stone dead for par. What a shot!

On 17 fairway: No one wants to win this except Watson. Spieth's second shot has gone well right of the green.Next to no chance of par.

Watson had a small tree blocking his shot but is able to play a low runner up to the front of the green.

It's been a long time since the final nine holes of the Masters has had such little action on the leaderboard.

On 18 green: Miguel Angel Jimenez makes par to finish at -4. He is in the clubhouse and after ...

Matt Kuchar misses his par putt on 17th green, Jimenez is now outright fourth. Blixt makes his par, but desperately needs a three on 18.

LEADERBOARD (US unless stated)
Bubba Watson -8 (16)

Jonas Blixt -5 (17) (SWE)
Jordan Spieth -5 (16)

Miguel Angel Jimenez -4 (F) (ESP)

Matt Kuchar -3 (17)

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John Senden E (F) (AUS)
Adam Scott +1 (F) (AUS)
Jason Day +2 (F) (AUS)
Steven Bowditch +4 (F) (AUS)
Oliver Goss +10 (F) (AUS)

On 17 green: Neither Blixt nor Spieth made the green in regulation and both have really difficult putts to make par.

On 17 tee: Watson does make a mistake. He hits it left but no word yet on what sort of second shot he has. Spieth finds the fringe on the left of the fairway.

On 16 green: Spieth again misses a putt on the low side of the hole. He makes par but needs Watson to make mistakes.

Watson, too, misses on the low side. But that was really close.

LEADERBOARD (US unless stated)
Bubba Watson -8 (16)

Jonas Blixt -5 (16) (SWE)
Jordan Spieth -5 (16)

Matt Kuchar -4 (16)
Miguel Angel Jimenez -4 (17) (ESP)

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John Senden E (F) (AUS)
Adam Scott +1 (F) (AUS)
Jason Day +2 (F) (AUS)
Steven Bowditch +4 (F) (AUS)
Oliver Goss +10 (F) (AUS)

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