The first major’s famous green jacket is awarded to Bubba Watson.
Bubba Watson took his first Masters victory today, with a nail biting final round that went all the way beyond the last hole and into a play off with Louis Oosthuizen.
The 29-year-old South African, Oosthuizen, was third at the start of the day, but got off to an exceptional lead by the second hole with an albatross, the tournament’s first in 77 years, taking him two shots ahead of Phil Mickleson and Peter Hanson, both then leading at seven under par.
He managed to maintain that score (with a scattering of bogeys and birdies) where he was placed at ten under par, as they started the 18th hole.
Watson, Oosthuizen’s playing partner crept at his score for the duration of the round, leaving them tied for the lead as they walked down the last hole.
The pair hit similar length drives through the first play off hole, with Oosthuizen sticking it just over ten feet from the pin but Watson responded with an even closer shot that got the home fans roaring for him, but both missed their birdie putts.
On the second hole of the play off, both hit drives way left, into the woods lining the fairway. The American got the better of it however, with a stunning shot from the pines that looped 30 yards right to find the green. Oosthuizen left his second short, eventually leaving Watson with two putts for the match.
For American born Mickelson who was leading the tournament at the start of the day, things took a turn for the worst when a wild tee shot ricocheted off a grandstand and into bushes, which he attempted to play from right handed (as opposed to his regular left) and took a further four shots.
For Britain, Lee Westwood, who has been stuck in the middle of the leader board all weekend, shaved four shots from his score, to leave him at eight under par, and just two shots from the lead.
The two play off contenders had to wait for Mickelson and Hanson to play out the last before they could commence with their tiebreaker hole.
Augusta National, home of the Masters is famed for it’s tight fairways lined by pine trees and wickedly fast greens, the quickest in the world. Those greens were the source of many short missed putts and even balls that spun back into the rivers that guarded them.