Bubba Watson wins WGC Match Play to confirm return to elite level in style

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• The 2012 and 2014 Masters champion beats Kevin Kisner 7&6
• Justin Thomas loses 3&2 in semi-final against Watson

Just when it seemed the 2018 edition of the Masters had been afforded sufficient pre-tournament storylines, enter Bubba Watson. The first major of the year seldom arrives quietly but what a buildup has been assured. Watson, the Masters champion in 2012 and 2014, confirmed his return to the elite level of this sport with a comfortable success at the WGC Match Play in Austin.

With Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Sergio García and Jordan Spieth guaranteed as part of the Augusta narrative, perhaps the enigmatic Watson felt left out. He certainly gave the impression of that being the case over five days in Texas.

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