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Northern Trust Open 2014: Bubba Watson wins, ends post-Masters drought

 Bubba Watson dominated the weekend at the Northern Trust Open with a pair of 64s to claim his first victory since The 2012 Masters. 

The remarkable feat came to its crescendo when the lefty finished the front nine on Sunday with a score of 30, then went on to make a 14-foot putt on the 18th to defeat Dustin Johnson by two strokes. It was a matter of when, not if Watson was going to win another event, but the two-year drought made for some interesting drama as recently as two weeks ago in the Waste Management Open when he had a five-foot put on the final hole that would’ve forced a playoff. 

This time around, however, he would convert under pressure and escape the stigma of being unable to follow up his magic walk around Augusta National nearly two full years ago. 

Via PGATOUR.com

“You never know when your last win is going to be,” Watson, who now has five, said. “My last win could have been the Masters, which would have been a great way to go out. But winning here at Northern Trust is nice. …

“I never looked down, I never felt down that I haven’t won yet but just keep plugging along and somehow it fell in my lap today.”

Making the win even more special for Watson was the fact that his wife Angie and 2-year-old son Caleb were on hand to witness it. In fact, the youngest Watson raised his arms in the air when his father made a birdie on the 72nd hole. It was a special day, and now Watson can move forward and set his sights on another major championship. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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