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Tour Confidential: What Is Bubba Golf, Jordan Spieth's Future, and a Masters Weekend Without Woods or Mickelson

Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson tees off on No. 7.

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1. Bubba Watson shot 69 on Sunday to win his second Masters in three years. How does Watson compare to other repeat Masters champions and how many more green jackets do you think he will win?

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@GaryVanSickle): This already makes two more Masters than I thought Bubba would snag. It seemed as if he was ready to retire with the last one as a career achievement award, so I was glad to see him revive his interest and his game. He's long and hits it high and works that cut -- his game is perfect for this course if he can get his putter working. I'll be surprised if he doesn't win at least one more now. I'm convinced, Bubba.

Cameron Morfit, senior writer, Golf Magazine (@CameronMorfit): I think he might end up with four of them. The combination of this big, broad-shouldered course and Bubba's titanic tee shots and imaginative shotmaking -- it's a perfect match, really. Throw in some luck -- his ricochet off a tree and into the fairway on 18 Saturday, his drive through the treetops on 13 Sunday -- and the guy is unbeatable.

Eamon Lynch, managing editor, (@eamonlynch): The most relevant comparison to another multiple Masters winner is with Seve Ballesteros. Like Seve, Bubba can manufacture shots that don't even occur to others, and he's an erratic character who is often his own worst enemy. When he drives it straight and manages his emotions, he will contend here. But let’s not get carried away and assume he always has it together at Augusta. He's won twice, but in four other appearances his best is T20. 

Joe Passov, senior editor, Golf Magazine (@joepassov): I don't respect Bubba and his game the way I do recent past multiple champions such as Woods, Mickelson and Faldo, but that's my problem. If I'm being objective, I have to acknowledge his incredible wedge that sealed his playoff win in 2012 and tip my hat to his inside straight on Friday of this year, birdies on 12-16 that gave him control of the tournament. And frankly, he dominated the second nine today. He's fun to watch play golf and is a totally deserving champion. He'll win one to two more green jackets for sure.

Josh Sens, contributing writer, Golf Magazine (@JoshSens): Honey, he shrunk the course, just as Nicklaus and Woods did before him. Next up, the Bubba-proofing of Augusta National, with thick forests of loblollies added to the left side of every fairway. I see him winning one or two more. Then again, I saw Tiger winning 10 more, and that ain't gonna happen.

Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated (@MarkGodich): When you consider that Tiger and Phil are the only players under 45 with multiple Masters titles, I would say Bubba is in pretty elite company. He will be a contender at Augusta for the next decade or so because of his length off the tee and the trajectory of his approach shots. All he has to do is keep his head on straight. That said, I believe he learned a lot on how to handle things off the course from the win in 2012, so put him down for another green jacket, maybe two.

Jeff Ritter, senior editor, Sports Illustrated Golf Group (@Jeff_Ritter): Bubba's current career arc stacks up pretty well with Jose Maria Olazabal, who won a couple of Masters for his only major titles. That's not bad company -- JMO is a Hall of Famer -- and it's one way to illustrate just how far Watson boosted his stock with this second jacket. His powerful high cut shot is absolutely perfect for Augusta, and there isn't any land left for members to push the tees farther back to "Bubba-proof" it. I'll say he bags at least one more, and maybe even two.

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Well, he's an amazing golf talent, in the Seve tradition -- in the European tradition, really. Play the course, shape the shot, leave the mechanics on the range. No reason he can't win another. And if he wins a third, we'll have to consider the possibility of a fourth.

2. How do you define the term “Bubba Golf”?

MORFIT: I was out on 13 when his skyscraping tee shot was redirected down the fairway by some leafy greens high above Rae's Creek. And I was on 15 when he sized up his second from 181 yards, behind the tree, over the pond. He never seemed to seriously consider chipping out, opting for a 6-iron that threaded the gap like a stunt pilot. That's Bubba golf.

VAN SICKLE: Bubba golf is combining smashmouth golf with shotmaking and what passes for Southern charm. He doesn't get credit for his course management because he's a basher, and while maybe he's not the next Ben Hogan in the strategy department, Bubba thinks his way around a course pretty darned well.

GODICH: "Bubba golf" is creativity and imagination at its finest.

SENS: If you mean Bill "Bubba" Clinton, it's yell fore, take six and write down five. If you mean Bubba Watson, it's aim toward right-field foul pole, twitch like you're going to swing and miss, then hit one out of the park.

BAMBERGER: Bubba golf is loose, unschooled, self-absorbed, fun to watch.

RITTER: Button your shirt all the way to the collar, carry a pink driver and bust it 330 yards with a homemade swing that's never seen a lesson.

PASSOV: "Bubba golf" is free-wheeling, nothing else resembling it, anything can happen -- and usually does -- golf. His wedge at the 2012 Masters, the 4-iron rocket at Doral's 72nd hole a couple of years ago, his boomerang driver off the deck approach to the 18th at Kapalua -- it's magical. It's also rabbit ears, blame his caddie, meltdowns from nowhere stuff, too. Regardless, Bubba golf is ALWAYS entertaining.

LYNCH: Smash it a mile, draw up an imaginative approach shot, miss the putt and berate the caddie.

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