Monday, April 09, 2012


AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP). Big-hitting American left-hander Bubba Watson miraculously escaped from the trees on the right of the 10th fairway, then two-putted for a par to win the Masters via a play-off against Louus Oosthuizen, the South African former British Open championship.
It is Watson's first Major title. He lost in a play-off at the 2010 US PGA Championship.
Watson , pictured, started the day by watching the rarest shot in golf. He ended another thrill-a-minute Sunday at Augusta National with a signature shot of his own to win the Masters.
It was a page right out of "Bubba golf."
"If I've got a swing, I've got a shot," Watson said.
So deep in the trees right of the 10th fairway that he couldn't even see the green, Watson hooked a gap wedge off the pine needles from 155 yards to about 10 feet from the hole. That led to simple par, good enough to beat Oosthuizen at the second play-off hole.
It was Oosthuizen who set the tone for this wild day with a double eagle -- only the fourth in Masters history -- on the par-5 second hole when his 4-iron from 253 yards landed on the front of the green and rolled some 90 feet into the hole for a 2.And it was Watson who hit a shot that only he could even dream of pulling off.
"Hooked it about 40 yards, hit about 15 feet off the ground until it got under the tree and then started rising," Watson said. "Pretty easy."
The hard part was holding back tears.
He was blubbering hard on the 10th green, shoulders heaving and face contorted, for so many reasons. Just two weeks ago, he and his wife adopted a baby boy, Caleb. The first person on the green was his mother -- his father died right after the Ryder Cup in 2010. He held her tight and cried on her shoulder.
As incredible as it all seemed, Gerry "Bubba" Watson Junior, the powerful lefty with a million shots at his disposal, was a major champion.



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