2012 Masters: Bubba Watson wins action packed US Masters

Bubba Watson is the 2012 US Masters champion.


Bubba Watson has won the 2012 US Masters, securing the green jacket after beating Louis Oosthuizen with a par at the second sudden-death playoff hole

The winning par wasn’t exactly text book though.

Watson had sprayed his pink driver into the trees on the right of the 10th hole at Augusta National after he and Louis Oosthuizen had made par on the first playoff hole, the 18th. Louis Oosthuizen looked to have the advantage but he also sprayed his 3-wood and found himself a long way back.

But it was Watson’s wedge from the trees that we will all remember. Faced with a gap through the trees which required a big hook to make the green, Watson made it look easy and only needed two putts to become the third left-handed golfer to win the US Masters winner since Mike Weir became the first in 2004.

“I was there earlier today in regulation,” Watson said of his pitching wedge. “I hooked it 40 yards . I’m pretty good at hooking it.”

Like every year, the final round of the US Masters produced some incredible golf. Louis Oosthuizen lead for most of the day after an incredible albatross on the second hole shot himself into the lead. It was the first time an albatross had been scores on the par-5 second hole in the 76 year history of the US Masters.

Australia’s Adam Scott can hold his head high after a 6-under par final round to grab himself a top-10 finish. The highlight was Scott’s hole-in-one at the par-3 16th hole, he hole he almost aced in the final round of the 2011 US Masters.

There were lowlights too. Phil Mickelson was effectively playing catch-up all day after a triple-bogey on the fourth hole and Peter Hanson seemed to be holding his game together until a bizarre shank on the par-3 12th hole. Something no one has seen done on that hole before. Only moments after, he got a lucky bounce off of the rocks in Rae’s Creek at the 13th but by then it seemed his day was done.

Gerry “Bubba” Watson claims only his fourth career victory with the win and an accompanying winners cheque of $1.4million. I’m guessing he’s not going on holiday to Paris with it.

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