- Associated Press - Sunday, April 8, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson started the day by watching the rarest shot in golf. He ended another thrill-a-minute Sunday at Augusta National with a signature shot of his own to win the Masters.

It was a page right out of “Bubba golf.”

“If I’ve got a swing, I’ve got a shot,” Watson said.

So deep in the trees right of the 10th fairway that he couldn’t even see the green, Watson hooked a gap wedge off the pine needles from 155 yards to about 10 feet from the hole. That led to simple par, good enough to beat Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa on the second playoff hole.

It was Oosthuizen who set the tone for this wild day with a double eagle — only the fourth in Masters history — on the par-5 second hole when his 4-iron from 253 yards landed on the front of the green and rolled some 90 feet into the hole for a 2.

Bubba Watson embraces caddie Ted Scott after winning the Masters in a sudden death playoff over Louis Oosthuizen on the 10th hole (above). Both players finished 72 holes at 10-under 278.(Associated Press)
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And it was Watson who hit a shot that only he could even dream of pulling off.

“Hooked it about 40 yards, hit about 15 feet off the ground until it got under the tree and then started rising,” Watson said. “Pretty easy.”

The hard part was holding back tears.

He was blubbering hard on the 10th green, shoulders heaving and face contorted, for so many reasons. Just two weeks ago, he and his wife adopted a baby boy, Caleb. The first person on the green was his mother — his father died right after the Ryder Cup in 2010. He held her tight and cried on her shoulder.

As incredible as it all seemed, Gerry “Bubba” Watson, Jr., the powerful lefty with a million shots at his disposal, was a major champion.

“I never got this far in my dreams,” Watson said in Butler cabin, where defending champion Charl Schwartzel helped him into the green jacket. “It’s a blessing. To go home to my new son, it’s going to be fun.”

Oosthuizen was trying to join Gene Sarazen in the 1935 Masters as the only major champions to win with a double eagle in the final round. The former British Open champion made one clutch putt after another on the back nine, none more important than a 4-footer on the 18th for a 69 to force the playoff.

Both had a good look at birdie at No. 18 on the first extra hole and missed.

Watson, dressed all in white and using a pink driver, hooked one into the trees and it appeared he would have no shot at reaching the green. Oosthuizen followed him, clanged off a Georgia pine and was left with 231 yards to the green. His approach came up short.

That’s when Watson, who rarely hits a shot on a straight line, came up with the most magical shot of his life.

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