Watson wins Masters

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Bubba Watson two-putted for par on the second hole of sudden death to win the 76th Masters Tournament.

Louis Oosthuizen and Watson finished regulation tied at 10-under.  On the first hole of the playoff, No. 18, Oosthuizen narrowly missed his 15-foot birdie putt, opening the door for Watson. The former University of Georgia golfer missed his eight-foot birdie attempt.

On the second playoff hole, Watson hooked his tee shot deep into the woods at No. 10, while Oosthuizen also went into the right fringe. Oosthuizen hit his approach in front of the green. Watson hooked a wedge around the trees from 155 yards to the middle of the green.

Oosthuizen chipped long to the back of the green and missed his par attempt.  Watson two-putted from 12 feet for the victory.

The long-hitting Watson bogeyed the par-3 12th to fall two back. He responded with a four-hole stretch of birdies starting at No. 13. Watson rolled in a six-foot birdie putt at No. 16 to tie Oosthuizen for the lead.
Oosthuizen recorded a rare double eagle at the par-5 second hole. He birdied Nos. 13 and 15 to move to 10-under.
Watson and Oosthuizen each made par at No. 17. At No. 18, Oosthuizen hit his approach to the back of the green, while Watson left himself a 25-foot birdie attempt to the right. Both players missed their birdie attempts and will now face each other in a sudden-death playoff that begins on No. 18.
Matt Kuchar eagled No. 15 to briefly tie Oosthuizen for the lead. Kuchar then missed the green at No. 16 and made bogey. He finished with 69 to tie for third at 8-under with Lee Westwood (68), Peter Hanson (73) and Phil Mickelson (72).
Mickelson sliced his tee shot into the trees at the par-3 fourth. He took two shots to get out and eventually made triple bogey.
Hanson, the third-round leader, bogeyed Nos. 1 and 3 and played catch-up all day.
Bo Van Pelt shot the round of the day with 64. He made one of two holes-in-one at No. 16, along with Adam Scott, who shot 66 and climbed into a tie for eighth.
Van Pelt just missed finishing in the top 16, which automatically qualifies golfers for the 2013 Masters. Van Pelt finished tied for 17th place.

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raul
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raul 04/08/12 - 07:51 pm
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Well deserved.

Well deserved. Congratulations, Bubba!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/08/12 - 07:59 pm
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Yeah, what a great finish!

Yeah, what a great finish! Glad Bubba won, but I'd also like to thank Oosthuizen for being so classy, providing us with a fantastic finish, and making history at the Augusta National with a double-eagle!!

Haki
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Haki 04/08/12 - 08:42 pm
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Stellar performance by all

Stellar performance by all involved. Congratulations to Bubba Watson!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 04/09/12 - 02:30 am
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A humble champion: RTJ, Jr.

A humble champion: RTJ, Jr. and GR are proud.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/09/12 - 07:42 am
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What a great tourney. The

What a great tourney. The "talent" was well on display, inside and outside the ropes. Thanks Awgusta!

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seenitB4 04/09/12 - 07:52 am
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What a great afternoon of

What a great afternoon of golf...the guys showed class even when losing......& Bubba ya make me proud .....what a finish!

David Parker
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David Parker 04/09/12 - 08:20 am
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Bubba-Golf trumps albatross.

Bubba-Golf trumps albatross. Never seen a prettier hook to escape from the jaws of the beast that is #10.

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itsanotherday1 04/09/12 - 08:54 am
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For me, this was the most

For me, this was the most exciting Masters finish since '87. Not only did a "local" boy win it, there were several in striking distance on the back nine.

Oh, and not a one of them cursed, threw their club, kicked their club, or had a tantrum when they made a bad shot or missed a putt. Class players all. Glad the biggest child on the tour wasn't in the running.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/09/12 - 08:54 am
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I agree anotherday....it

I agree anotherday....it really was fun!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 04/09/12 - 10:00 am
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Phew..........the craziness

Unpublished

Phew..........the craziness is over for another year!

I look forward to once more frequenting my favorite eateries and bars and driving to the supermarket unhindered.

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allhans 04/09/12 - 11:14 am
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For once I had no favorite.

For once I had no favorite. I liked Mickelson, Oosthuizen, Watson of course, any one of a number of players would have been fine.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/09/12 - 01:06 pm
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allhans, I agree that any of

allhans, I agree that any of the contenders would have been fine, Bubba just got the sentimental edge because he's ....., welll... Bubba!

ABT!!!!!!!!!

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