It’s wouldn’t be the Masters without some drama. Throw in an albatross (double eagle), two hole in ones, and a playoff to decide the winner…that sounds more like the ending to a major championship.
You can’t write this stuff. This isn’t reality tv where there really is someone behind the scenes scripting and setting up what’s going to happen to create drama.
It’s all real life, folks! The best kind of reality there is!
I mean…have you ever seen a score card like this—Patrick Cantlay, the college player from UCLA finished as the low amateur. He had 3 bogeys, 1 double bogey, 1 quadruple bogey, 5 birdies, and 2 eagles to shoot even par, 72.
Or how about the quote, “We’re gonna live and die by the driver,” said Masters Champion Bubba Watson. Not necessarily something you hear every day.
Bubba Watson won his first major championship Sunday night, playing “Bubba Golf” over four days, in a spectacular fashion—on the second playoff hole! He and Louis Oosthuizen. Neither player was in the final group on Sunday.
“I never go this far in my dreams…” said Bubba just after he entered Butler Cabin to receive his green jacket.
Later he said in his press conference, “I’ve never had a dream go this far so I can’t really say it’s a dream come true. I don’t really know what happened on the back nine.”
Bubba birdied holes 12-16 to put the pressure on Oosthuizen.
Bubba put his drive on the second playoff hole right into the pine straw, while Oosthuizen was able to get a lucky bounce into the second cut of rough.
“If I have a swing, I have a shot. I’m used to the woods; I’m used to the rough. I’m used to missing the fairways. It was set up for the perfect draw—well hook…” he said in his press conference.
Bubba took that shot, landed the ball in the middle of the green and it tracked to within 10 feet of the hole.
Meanwhile, Oosthuizen was short on his second shot and had to pitch onto the green. His ball went long and just off the green giving him a chance to putt before Bubba putted. He missed it and made bogey.
Bubba lined up for his putt, missing it and then tapped in for par and the tournament win.
He was quickly hugged by his caddie, Ted Scott, and was joined on the green by his Mom and they shared hugs and tears. His wife Angie was back home at their newly leased house in Florida with their new adopted son, Caleb (six weeks).
He was also joined by his close friends and fellow PGA Tour players Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Aaron Baddeley and Aaron’s wife and two little girls.
Earlier in the day Ooshuizen made Masters history by getting a 2 on the par 5 second hole. The second hole has never had an albatross before (double eagle), but there have been four in masters history. That shot quickly propelled him up to the top of the leaderboard and he really never looked back.
Both Bo VanPelt and Adam Scott had hole in ones at the par 3, 16th hole.
Phil Mickelson did have a triple bogey on the front nine, but really couldn’t get anything going scoring wise shooting even par.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy finished the tournament at 5 over par for the tournament. Neither played well today.
The Green Jacket is yours Bubba! Congratulations!
Final Leaderboard of the Top 10 Players
|T1 *won on 2nd playoff hole||Bubba Watson||-4||-10|
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