Golf: Bubba Watson wins second Masters title

United States golfer Bubba Watson carries his son Caleb and slaps hands with patrons after winning the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
United States golfer Bubba Watson carries his son Caleb and slaps hands with patrons after winning the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Adam Scott of Australia presents Bubba Watson of the United States with the green jacket after Watson won the 2014 Masters Tournament by a three-stroke margin at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Adam Scott of Australia presents Bubba Watson of the United States with the green jacket after Watson won the 2014 Masters Tournament by a three-stroke margin at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Adam Scott of Australia presents Bubba Watson of the United States a Green Jacket during a ceremony at the end of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Adam Scott of Australia presents Bubba Watson of the United States a Green Jacket during a ceremony at the end of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
United States golfer Bubba Watson (right) shakes hands with compatriot Jordan Spieth after winning the tournament on the 18th green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April
United States golfer Bubba Watson (right) shakes hands with compatriot Jordan Spieth after winning the tournament on the 18th green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
United States golfer Bubba Watson reacts after winning the tournament on the 18th green with his wife Angie and son is Caleb during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 13, 201
United States golfer Bubba Watson reacts after winning the tournament on the 18th green with his wife Angie and son is Caleb during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Bubba Watson hitting his tee shot on the 15th hole during the final round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Bubba Watson hitting his tee shot on the 15th hole during the final round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

AUGUSTA, United States (AFP) - Bubba Watson won his second Masters title in three years on Sunday with a commanding display at Augusta National.

The 35-year-old American got the better of countryman Jordan Spieth, 15 years his junior and aiming to become the youngest winner of the Masters in what was the 78th edition of the tournament.

Watson won by three strokes after a 69 gave him an eight under par total of 280, with Spieth and Swede Jonas Blixt tied for second.

A further stroke back and alone in fourth was 50-year-old Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, who had a 71, with Americans Rickie Fowler (73) and Matt Kuchar (74) tied for fifth on 286.

It was Watson's second major title and just his second tournament victory since first pulling on the green jacket in 2012.

Watson and Spieth had started the day as joint leaders on five under and it was the younger man who looked the more comfortable early on.

But a four-stroke swing at the eighth and ninth holes in Watson's favour turned out to be crucial to the outcome.

By the time the two men emerged from Amen Corner at the 13th, Watson was three ahead and never looked like giving that up from there on in.