Bubba Watson wins the Masters, beating Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of a playoff

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Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Bubba Watson provided yet another electric Sunday at the Masters.

Last year, Charl Schwartzel became the first player in Masters history to birdie the last four holes en route to victory.

On this Sunday, craziness abounded once again.

Bo Van Pelt aced the 16th hole.

Then, Adam Scott did the same.

Phil Mickelson tried to hit two shots right-handed from a bush on his way to a triple-bogey six at the fourth that derailed his round.

But the two signature shots from the 2012 Masters belonged to the two men in the playoff.

On the par-five second hole, Louis Oosthuizen recorded the fourth double-eagle in Masters history, and the first at No. 2.

"Yeah, when something like that happens early in the round, you've got to keep your emotions in place because you think, this is it, this is going to happen," Oosthuizen said. "I mean, something like that, that was my first double-eagle ever, and to do it in a spot like Augusta, that's special. So yeah, it was tough."

But Watson hit the transcendent shot you'll see over and over.

From pine straw on the second playoff hole, Watson hit a big hook to 10 feet. With Oosthuizen in trouble, Watson had two putts for the win, and he lagged his first one close.

He lined up the half-footer and tapped in for the win.

"I was there earlier today during regulation so I was used to it," Watson said. "I knew what I was facing there. Had a good lie, had a gap where I had to hook it, I don't know, 40 yards or something. So I just-- I'm pretty good at hooking it, so I just hooked it up there and somehow it nestled close to the hole."

It was just another ho-hum Sunday at Augusta.


Tiger Woods wrapped up a disappointing Masters on Sunday with a two-over 74.

The four-time champion finished the tournament at five-over 293. It marked just the second time he failed to break par in four rounds as a professional at the Masters.

In 2007, when he shared second place, Woods posted rounds of 73-74-72-72 for the only other time he failed to break par as pro. He also failed to break par in 1995, when he shared 41st as an amateur. The only time Woods missed the cut was in 1996, his final appearance at the Masters as an amateur.

Woods' share of 40th place was easily the worst finish as a pro at Augusta. Prior to this year, his worst finish was a tie for 22nd in 2004.

"I didn't hit the ball very good this week, and what's frustrating is I know what to do, and I just don't do it. I get out there and I just don't trust it at all," admitted Woods. "I fall back into the same old patterns again, and I just need to do more reps. Thank God my short game was good this week and my putting was really good. Unfortunately they were all for pars, not for birdies."

Woods carded just three birdies on the back nine the entire week. He had seven front-nine birdies, including three in the first three rounds at the par-four third.

For the week, Woods was only one-under par on the par-fives, holes which he traditionally does his scoring on. He had two birdies and a bogey on the par- fives.

"If I look back on the week, I played the par-fives atrociously," said Woods. "This is a golf course you just have to dominate the par-fives, and I did not do that at all this week."


Last year, Bo Van Pelt contended for his first Masters title.

This year, he was nowhere near contention starting Sunday's final round. Van Pelt didn't contend after it was over, but he put his name in the Masters' record book.

Van Pelt fired a final-round, eight-under 64, which was not only the lowest round of the tournament, but tied the record for lowest final round in Masters history.

"We'd all like to pick and choose when we have a good round, but we don't get to do that," said Van Pelt, who also eagled the 13th Sunday and tied for 17th at one-under par. "So you've just got to keep trying to do the same things week in and week out, trying to get better, and then some days you shoot 64 on the first day and you don't end up winning the golf tournament."

The highlight of Van Pelt's history-equaling score had to be the ace at the par-three 16th.

His six-iron tee ball landed 25 feet right of the flag, but the spin, and contour of the green pulled the ball into the hole for the first ace of the tournament.

"I told myself to make sure I aimed it at the flag because I knew I wasn't going to miss it left, so I just kind of took what I learned last year and it ended up being a perfect spot," said Van Pelt.

Five players previously shot 64 in the final round, most recently David Toms, who turned the feat in 1998.


When Patrick Cantlay finished off an even-par 72 and seven-over total on Sunday, which was highlighted by a birdie-quad-double-eagle-birdie run on the back nine, he thought Hideki Matsuyama would be the low amateur.

"I don't think so. I think he'll play solid coming in here," Cantlay said.

He was wrong.

Matsuyama bogeyed the 16th and 18th Sunday to finish two behind Cantlay at plus-nine.

Cantlay won the Silver Cup awarded for the low amateur. Next week, he returns to the UCLA golf team for a match-up with San Jose State.

"It will be good. It will be fun. I hope our team can win," said Cantlay, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world.

  • Watson is the third left-handed player to win the Masters, joining Phil Mickelson and Mike Weir. The three have won five green jackets in the last 10 years.
  • He earns a lifetime exemption into the Masters and five-year exemptions into the U.S. Open, British Open Championship and the PGA Championship.
  • Oosthuizen didn't make the cut at the Masters in his previous three trips.
  • The top-16 finishers on Sunday will be invited back next year.
  • The first hole was the most difficult on Sunday and for the whole week.
  • The par-five 15th was the easiest on Sunday, but the par-five second played the least difficult for the tournament.
  • The next major is the U.S. Open from Olympic Club, where Rory McIlroy will defend his title.

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