23:39, 8 April 2012
00:14, 9 April 2012
In a dramatic finish, American Bubba Watson outshot Louis Oosthuizen in a nail-biting sudden-death playoff at the Masters.
The two had tied at 10-under-par 278 during the last day of golf at the Augusta National Golf Club.
Watson won his first major and cried hard on his mother Molly’s shoulder as they embraced on the 10th green.
Triumph: Bubba Watson celebrates after capturing the Masters in a tense playoff at the Augusta National Golf Club
Competitors: Bubba Watson, left, edged Louis Oosthuizen, right of South Africa, in a nail-biting playoff round at the Masters
Oosthuizen was in the lead for most of
the day after holing out from the second fairway for a double-eagle 2,
only the fourth albatross (or three under par) in the history of the
But it was Watson who hit the shot of the day – the approach on the tenth hole that helped him win the first Masters playoff since 2009.
Trapped among the trees 155 yards from the hole and unable to see the green, the left-hander hit a huge hook and landed the ball safely on the 10th green.
From there, Watson caught up to the South African by making four consecutive birdies on Nos. 13 through 16.
The mother of all golf titles: An emotional Bubba Watson hugs his mother Molly after winning the Masters golf tournament following a sudden-death playoff
Miracle shot: Trapped among the trees 155 yards from the hole and unable to see the green, the Watson hit a huge hook and landed the ball safely on the 10th green
With his bubble gum-pink driver and his all-white outfit, Watson is one of those guys who stands out and he did, indeed, at Augusta National.
After missing a 10-foot putt that would have won it on the 18th green in the first playoff hole, he pushed one so far right, it was actually behind the gallery.
No punching it out on this day. Instead, he lined it up, curved it in and when Oosthuizen couldn’t get up and down from in front of the green, Watson simply had to two-putt to capture the green jacket.
He almost made the first one, rolling
it a few inches past the hole. As the crowd began cheering, he held out
his hand to playfully calm down everyone, then tapped it in.
Bubba does it: In a dramatic finish, American Bubba Watson outshot Louis Oosthuizen in a sudden-death playoff at the Masters
The tears started flowing immediately.
‘He hit an unbelievable shot there,’
Oosthuizen said. ‘I played well. This is not one I felt like I played
badly. Great stuff to him. He deserves it’.
Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Peter Hanson tied for third at 8 under.
This is the first Masters playoff since 2009, when Angel Cabrera beat Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry.