AUGUSTA - It's as if some old guys met secretly inside Butler Cabin - Masters honorary starters Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. As if they got heavenly input from Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead to handle final arrangements.

OK, Augusta, no Tiger Woods?

We'll give you quirky good 'ol boy Bubba Watson, the most popular golfer in the Peach State. Even if he only wears his red University of Georgia gear to football games and not on Sundays in Augusta.

We'll add Jordan Spieth, 20, the next big thing. Just watch the poised Texan seize a two-shot Sunday lead while calling everyone "Mister."

Want Euro-Grits appeal? We offer 29-year-old former Swedish hockey player Jonas Blixt, Florida State's very own.

And throw in one of the most interesting men in the world, Miguel Angel Jimenez. He is 50. But looks 70.

"I never expected to make it again this far," a humbled Watson said late Sunday after besting Augusta rookies Spieth and Blixt by three shots to win his second Masters in three years. "To make the PGA Tour was a blessing and now six wins, two green jackets. It's pretty remarkable. You know what I'm telling you?"

Watson, the trick-shot artist who taught himself all about golf in tiny Bagdad, Fla., unleashed signature nuttiness on the 15th hole. When the book said to play safe with a lead, the 35-year-old whistled a risky 6-iron shot through the pines to the back of the green and saved par.

"Bubba golf," said Ted Scott, Watson's caddy.

Of course, any tournament is better with Woods; TV ratings will drop without the injured star. But this is a time to embrace the two-decade "Tiger Era." We can appreciate a dominant African-American, Asian-American - mostly butt kicking American - golfer with multi-continent appeal.

And enjoy what's new and different.

The Stadlers, the quesadilla

Bubba vs. Spieth and Blixt was just part of a week of contrasts as sharp as dogwoods and pimento cheese sandwiches.

Jimenez, the cigar-chomping, pony-tailed Spaniard, shot a third-round 66. That tied Hogan and Fred Couples for best round by a player 50 or older.

Non-competing marker Jeff Knox, an Augusta National member, shot a 70 on Saturday to beat playing partner Rory McIlroy by one stroke.

It was the last Masters for 1982 champion Craig "The Walrus" Stadler. He missed the cut and said he played "like a moron."

It was the first Masters for 34-year-old Kevin "I Am Not The Walrus" Stadler, Craig's son. The 5-10, 250-pound Kevin finished at even par.

Ian Poulter was fun to watch. The Englishman was mad Saturday when he bonked a shot into the woods on No. 11.

"Oh!" Poulter shouted. "Get out of there, you pig!"

Greenville's Bill Haas, the first-round leader, gave part of the credit to a caddie switch. Haas fired his brother, Jay Haas Jr., and hired Scott Gneiser.

The course was tough, and not just for the golfers.

Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller attempted to take a quesadilla onto the course from Berckmans Place, Augusta National's spiffy year-old hospitality facility. He was stopped.

"If you pay $7,500, you ought to be able to bring out a quesadilla," Miller reportedly complained.

A young blonde woman hurried barefoot across the 10th green Saturday.

She was ejected.

Bubba's brilliant luck

Through it all, Spieth almost pulled it off, which wasn't surprising to those who have tracked his ascent the last few years. He won the 2013 John Deere Classic at 19, before he had his PGA tour card. He's already started the Jordan Spieth Charitable Trust.

"I was nervous but I enjoyed it," Spieth said of his final round. "I had adrenaline and I was taking less club. I had a great time out there today."

To stay grounded, Spieth brought four friends from high school to Augusta, plus his family and girlfriend. He talks to himself constantly on the golf course.

"I validate what he's saying," said Spieth's caddy, 36-year-old Michael Grenner, who was a sixth-grade teacher for 10 years. "If he's too tough on himself after a little bit, I'll give him a good kick in the butt and reframe him in a positive way."

Sometimes, Augusta is about luck.

"His drive on 13, I'll never forget," Spieth said of Watson's 350-yard blast. "I thought it was out-of-bounds 70 yards left, and it was perfect."

Spieth wasn't aware that Watson's shot glanced off a tree into the fairway until his post-round news conference.

"That's his day, I guess," Spieth said.

Just one of many Masters' moments not including Tiger Woods.

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