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  • Bubba Watson won his second Masters title in three years at Augusta National on Sunday, joining a very elite group of guys that have been able to take down Augusta multiple times.

    It was an incredible accomplishment for a guy that has only two other top-10s in all the majors combined, and his win brought about a few questions about the history of the Masters.

    First, does Bubba get a second green jacket to go along with the one he received in 2012?

    The answer, unfortunately, is no. Augusta National awards you one green jacket after your first win, and if you win any other Masters after that, you get that same jacket presented to you. The difference with the win is that you're allowed to take your green jacket home for an entire year, eventually returning it to Augusta National when the next Masters begins (they keep the jackets in house, and allow you to wear them when you're on the grounds).

    So, someone like Jack Nicklaus doesn't have six different green jackets to pick from, just one

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  • The Masters meets a miniature golf course and the results are intriguing

    The last thing professional golfers need are another challenge on the putting greens. They already must deal with sadistic pin placements, speeds akin to putting in a bathtub and the occasional bout of the yips.

    But watch the excellent video from YouTube user Simon Connor above and tell us you wouldn't mind seeing the odd clown's mouth or windmill on a green to spice up a major tournament. With how boring the back nine got during the final round of the Masters, we could've used Bubba Watson putting through a mini volcano. 

    Especially if we all could have gone for ice cream after. 

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  • Where else would Bubba Watson go after winning the Masters but the Waffle House? At about 1:30 in the morning, Watson, his wife Angie and several friends hit a Waffle House somewhere near Augusta National to celebrate.

     You can't tell if he's wearing the green jacket in that photo, but fear not, lords of Augusta National: Bubba did not get scattered n' smothered hash browns on the revered fabric. Here's another angle from a friend:

     It's reminiscent of the time in 2010 when Phil Mickelson took his kids to a nearby Krispy Kreme while wearing the green jacket:

    Phil Mickelson at the Krispy Kreme.

    True, Jack and Arnie didn't do this sort of thing. But you know they wanted to.

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  • AUGUSTA, Ga. – A crowd of thousands had gathered around the practice green at Augusta, standing ten deep and leaning over the railing of the clubhouse's famous veranda. Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National, was in the midst of introducing dozens of representatives of golf associations from around the world. Adam Scott, defending champion, looked every bit as smooth as he ever does. A sea of green jackets flanked them all.

    And in the middle of it all, the man of the hour, the one for whom all this pomp and circumstance was necessary, sat up straight, fingers steepled on his knees, looking exactly like a fidgety kid waiting outside the principal's office.

    Bubba Watson, 2014 Masters champion, is an absolute mess of contradictions that somehow come together to form a world-beating whole.

    Start right at the very top: This is a guy named "Bubba" who's won the most prestigious golf tournament on Earth not once, but twice. "Bubba" is a name for the guys who spent the weekend at the

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  • In almost every Masters it's the back nine that provides the fireworks. It's where the par-5s either make or break a chance at a green jacket, and the 12th looms for any player that doesn't hit an absolutely precise golf shot.

    This Sunday was different. It was the front nine where everything happened. It was where Jordan Spieth took command of the Masters in an attempt to be the youngest winner ever at Augusta National. It was where Fred Couples made early birdies as he started the day four shots back, the same deficit that Jack Nicklaus faced in 1986 before he won his sixth green jacket.

    And the front nine was where Bubba Watson showed that he was going to be in command of this golf tournament no matter what Spieth threw at him.

    Bubba curled in a birdie putt on No. 6, and was able to get it up and down for birdie on the par-5 8th. It was the birdie on the ninth that really separated Bubba, and from there he simply cruised to a three-shot victory.

    The second win at Augusta puts Bubba

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  • The win on Sunday by Bubba Watson, his second Masters victory in the last three years, was incredibly impressive, and it puts him in some very, very accomplished company.

    Many people have finished their careers with only one Masters win, but only a select few have been able to win this tournament a second time.

    Check out the list that Bubba joined on Sunday with his second green jacket:

    • Jack Nicklaus ('63, 65, 66, 72, 75, 86)
    • Arnold Palmer (58, 60, 62, 64)
    • Tiger Woods (97, 01, 02, 05)
    • Jimmy Demaret (40, 47, 50)
    • Sam Snead (49, 52, 54)
    • Gary Player (61, 74, 78)
    • Nick Faldo (89, 90, 96)
    • Phil Mickelson (04, 06, 10)
    • Horton Smith (34, 36)
    • Byron Nelson (37, 42)
    • Ben Hogan (51, 53)
    • Tom Watson (77, 81)
    • Seve Ballesteros (80, 83)
    • Bernhard Langer (85, 93)
    • Ben Crenshaw (84, 95)
    • Jose Maria Olazabal (94, 99)
    • Bubba Watson (12, 14)

     

    Now that is a group you want to be included in. What an incredible two year run for Bubba Watson at Augusta National.

     

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  • AUGUSTA, Ga. — On Saturday night, just after finishing his round, Bubba Watson offered up a curious quote about the pressure of playing for a Masters championship:

    "If I shoot 90 tomorrow I still have a green jacket," he said, "so it's not as bad."

    Not exactly the go-for-the-throat line you'd expect, but then, Watson hasn't ever done much in the game of golf in the expected fashion. So it's perfectly in keeping with his life and style that a guy who once wanted to drive the General Lee up Magnolia Lane became just the 17th man to win more than one Masters. His performance on Sunday lacked the dramatic playoff heroics of his first win, back in 2012, but the fact that Watson was able to hold onto a lead throughout the tournament – he was the leader at the end of Rounds 2 and 3, too – speaks to his growth as a golfer.

    He shrugged off an early bogey on No. 3, wasn't fazed by two Jordan Spieth birdies putting him two shots behind, and wound up firing a 3-under 69, enough for a three-stroke

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    If you're looking for a reason to think Jordan Spieth could really become the youngest winner of the Masters ever, it might have come on the par-3 4th hole.

    Spieth, who birdied the par-5 second hole but had struggled to find the fairway early in his final round, hit his tee shot on the par-3 4th hole in the front bunker and had a tough shot to get it up and down and save par.

    The youngster just needed the "up" part of that, holing the shot for an unexpected birdie and an extended Masters lead. It was one of those shots we tend to see on the final day of the Masters, and the sort of birdie that could propel him to his first ever major championship.

    Spieth, at just 20-years-old, is trying to become the youngest Masters champion ever, and after coming into Sunday tied at the top with Bubba Watson, has extended his lead thanks to shots like this one.

    Follow the leaderboard right here for the remainder of the day, as we get set to crown a new Masters champion in just a few hours.

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  • AUGUSTA, Ga. — It's by no means certain, but if Jordan Spieth, age 20, was able to pull off the improbable and win the Masters on Sunday, he'd join an impressive club of young victors, champions who won their sport's highest honors while still basically overgrown kids. Let's run down some of the great young talent who made their marks early:

    Youngest to win a Masters: Tiger Woods, 1997. He was 21 years old, and won by 12 strokes. Chances are Spieth won't beat the second mark, but he very well could top the first.

    Youngest to win Wimbledon: Boris Becker won the men's singles championship in 1985 at age 17. Lottie Dod won the women's singles in 1885 at age 15, as we all well remember.

    Youngest to win the Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 at the tender age of 20 years and one day, becoming the first driver since the race's beginnings to win Daytona in his first attempt.

    Youngest Olympic gold medalist, individual event: Kusuo Kitamura of Japan won the 1,500-meter freestyle

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  • We are 54 holes in at the 2014 Masters, and with only one round to play the odds have tightened up on a leaderboard that is completely wide open.

    Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth are both tied atop at 5-under, but one of those names isn't a favorite with just one round to play, according to the oddsmakers.

    The good folks at golfodds.com sent over the updated lines, so check out who the favorite is and who you think should get your vote of confidence as we head into the best day of the entire golf calendar.

    Enjoy the final round at Augusta, everyone, and hopefully the ending will be dramatic as the last two years as we put the finishing touches on the opening major championship of the season.

    ODDS to Win (updated after Rd 3):
    Bubba Watson 5/2
    Matt Kuchar 5/2
    Jordan Spieth 7/2
    Rickie Fowler 10/1
    Jonas Blixt 12/1
    Lee Westwood 12/1
    Miguel Angel Jimenez 20/1
    Jim Furyk 25/1
    Thomas Bjorn 30/1
    Justin Rose 30/1
    John Senden 60/1
    Ian Poulter 60/1
    Fred Couples 60/1
    Kevin Stadler 80/1
    Adam Scott
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