Watson Wins Masters in Playoff

Posted April 8th, 2012 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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American golfer Bubba Watson has won the Masters, using an extraordinary shot on the second playoff hole Sunday to capture the first major tournament of the year and the first major of his career.

The 33-year-old played a steady final round until the 13th hole, when he rolled off four consecutive birdies to claim a share of the lead with South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen. The two men matched scores for the remainder of the round and the first playoff hole.

Watson's tee-shot on the second playoff hole flew off the right side of the fairway, landing on a bed of pine needles amid a group of trees. With no view of the hole, Watson then hit a curving shot that dropped onto the green leaving him two easy puts to claim the championship.

Watson, whose only golf coaching came from his late father, called the win “an honor” and a “special privilege.” He broke down in tears after the victory, which came two weeks after he and his wife adopted a son.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, had an incredible shot of his own early in the final round. He began the day two shots off the lead, but vaulted into first place on the par-5 second hole by scoring a double-eagle.