Watson wins Masters playoff|
Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Bubba Watson parred the second playoff hole
Sunday to defeat Louis Oosthuizen and win the Masters, his first major
Watson had two putts from 10 feet to win the green jacket and lagged his
birdie try close. He tapped in for the victory.
"I never got this far in my dreams," Watson said in Butler Cabin.
The left-handed Watson went first on the 10th tee, the site of the second
playoff hole, and badly pulled his drive into the trees on the right.
Oosthuizen pushed his right, but landed in the first cut.
Oosthuizen came up short with his approach, then Watson hit a Masters shot for
From the pine straw, Watson knocked his second to 10 feet, putting the
pressure on Oosthuizen.
"I was there earlier today, so I was used to it," Watson said at his green
jacket presentation. "I had a good lie, had a gap where I had to hook it 40
yards or something. I just hooked it up there, somehow, it nestled close to
The 2010 Open Champion hit a poor chip that ran 12 feet past the flagstick.
His par putt skirted the edge of the hole, but stayed above ground, giving
Watson two putts for the green jacket.
Watson trickled his birdie putt close, then took the time to line up his six-
He tapped it in and the tears flowed.
This victory was even more special for Watson than just his new place in golf
A devout Christian, Watson's major triumph came on Easter Sunday and he and
his wife Angie adopted a son one month ago, and the two didn't make the trip
"It's a blessing," he said. "To go home to my new son, it's going to be fun."
Watson, who lost a playoff to Martin Kaymer at the 2010 PGA Championship,
birdied four in a row on the back nine to shoot a four-under 68.
Oosthuizen became the first player in Masters history to double-eagle the
second hole and only the fourth to record that amazing score on any hole. The
2010 British Open champion posted a three-under 69.
"I felt like I played my best today," said Oosthuizen. "When something like
that happens early in the round, you've got to keep your emotions in place.
You think this is it, this is going to happen."
The pair finished regulation at 10-under 278.
Phil Mickelson was done in by a triple-bogey six at the fourth hole. He
attempted two shots right-handed from a bush, but had a glimmer of hope. If
the three-time Masters champion could hole his second at 18, he'd have forced
his way into the playoff, but an errant drive cost him any chance.
"It's disappointing that I didn't grab that fourth green jacket," said
Mickelson. "It's disappointing that I didn't make it happen on the back nine
and get the putts to fall, even though I felt like I was hitting them pretty
good. I gave them all good chances, I just couldn't quite get them to go."
He finished with an even-par 72 and shared third place with third-round leader
Peter Hanson (73), Lee Westwood (68) and Matt Kuchar (69) at eight-under par.
Tiger Woods struggled to a three-over 75 and finished at plus-five.
In yet another thrilling Sunday at Augusta National, it came down to Watson
Both players split the fairway on the first extra hole, the 18th, and both hit
Oosthuizen hit his second 18 feet right of the flag. Watson threw his approach
over the flag and spun it back to 10 feet.
Oosthuizen narrowly missed his birdie effort right, then it was Watson's turn
for a first major.
Watson's birdie putt slid by on the left side, confusing Watson, but the two
tapped in for pars and made their way to the 10th tee.
It was there where, with chants of "Bub-ba" raining down through Augusta
National, Watson joined the game's elite.
"I just kept going, kept grinding it out and somehow went into a playoff,"
Watson said in his televised interview. "I don't know what happened the rest.
I just know I was crying a bit later."
Oosthuizen came ever so close to a second major and the green jacket. Had he
won, his good friend Charl Schwartzel would have presented him with golf's
most prestigious piece of clothing.
"It's close, close to the green jacket," he said. "It'll probably be a tough
Watson got the jacket with great play down the stretch.
He birdied the par-five 13th, then got within one thanks to a five-foot birdie
at 14. Watson reached the 15th in two and had 20 feet for eagle. He came up
short, but Oosthuizen drained an eight-foot birdie putt after a great chip
from the side of the green.
Watson converted his birdie try to stay one back, but made up the difference
with his fourth birdie in a row, an eight-footer at the par-three 16th.
They both hit terrible drives at 17, but scrambled for pars. They had decent
looks at birdie on the 18th in regulation, but neither converted.
Once Mickelson ran out of chances, it was off to the playoff and Watson's
"It's a blur," Watson said.
Ian Poulter shot a three-under 69 and took seventh at five-under 283.
Last year's runner-up Adam Scott, who aced the 16th, had a six-under 66 and
shared eighth with Justin Rose (68) and Padraig Harrington (72). The trio
finished at minus-four.
NOTES: Watson earned his fourth PGA Tour title and first European Tour
victory...Watson became the fifth left-handed player to win the Masters in the
last 10 years...Oosthuizen missed the cut in his only three previous
appearances at Augusta before this week...The PGA Tour moves to South Carolina
next week for the RBC Heritage, where Brandt Snedeker captured the title at
Hilton Head last year...The European Tour ventures to Malaysia for the Maybank
Malaysian Open, where Matteo Manassero won in 2011.
04/08 20:27:27 ET