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Bubba Watson climbs to fourth in World Rankings
Bubba Watson climbed eight places to fourth in the World Rankings after securing his second Masters title in three years.
The American southpaw carded a final round of 69 at Augusta National to overcome fellow countryman Jordan Spieth and Sweden’s Jonas Blixt by three shots.
Spieth, though disappointed to have come so close to winning the event, will be gladdened by his career-high movement up the rankings chart to ninth, while Blixt shoots up from 56th to 33rd; amazing when you remember both these players were making their Masters debuts.
Tiger Woods missed his first ever Masters after undergoing back surgery – but remains top of the mountain after Australian Adam Scott, Jason Day and Henrik Stenson each failed to achieve a high finish required to overtake the 14-time major winner.
Watson enjoyed pulling on the Green Jacket for the second time in his career and now hopes he can deal better with being Masters champion this time around. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I didn't know how to handle it the best way and so I didn't play my best golf last year.
"But the team I have around me, we have always thought that I've had the talent.
"We always felt like I could play golf at a high level but then to actually do it is the hard part.
"After getting the green jacket the first time it's overwhelming, a guy named Bubba from a small town, born in Pensacola, Florida, raised in Bagdad. It's crazy to think that you've won.
"Adopting my son the week before threw a wrench in there as well. Learning to be a dad and then learning to have a Green Jacket with you is two big things to adjust to.
"The first time I had to be there for my son and so golf was the farthest thing from my mind.
"So I took off some tournaments. Trying to be a good husband, a good dad at that moment was the most important thing.
"This one is a little bit different. My schedule is probably not going to change. Everything's a go. We are trying to make the Ryder Cup team. We are trying to win the next tournament, trying to make the next cut. So it's a lot different situation now than it was back then."
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