Watson Wins Playoff Over Oosthuizen

Bubba Watson takes green jacket with 'unbelievable shot'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2012 6:56 PM CDT
Watson Wins Playoff Over Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen, left, of South Africa, congratulates Bubba Watson on the 18th green following their fourth round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 8, 2012, in Augusta, Ga.   (David J. Phillip)

Trapped in the trees, Bubba Watson had no chance. Good thing he's one of those guys who never hits the ball straight. Unable to even see the green from where he was standing, Watson curled a shot from out of the pine straw and safely onto the 10th green to win the Masters on the second hole of a playoff today over South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen. Watson won his first major and cried hard on his mom's shoulder as they embraced on the 10th green.

He won by hitting a most-memorable wedge shot, one that may have trumped the historic double-eagle 2 that Oosthuizen dropped in on the second green to take the lead early in the final round. "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." Both players finished regulation at 10-under 278. But 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. (More golf stories.)

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