AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Trapped in the trees, Bubba Watson had no chance. Good thing he’s one of those guys who never hits the ball straight.
Unable to even see the green from where he was standing, Watson curled a shot from out of the pine straw and safely onto the 10th green to win the Masters on the second hole of a playoff Sunday over South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.
Watson won his first major and cried hard on his mom’s shoulder as they embraced on the 10th green. He won by hitting a most-memorable wedge shot, one that may have trumped the historic double-eagle 2 that Oosthuizen dropped in on the second green to take the lead early in the final round.
Both players finished regulation at 10-under 278.
With his bubble gum-pink driver and his all-white outfit, Watson is one of those guys who stands out and he did, indeed, at Augusta National.. After missing a 10-foot putt that would have won it on the 18th green in the first playoff hole, he pushed one so far right, it was actually behind the gallery.
No punching it out on this day. Instead, he lined it up, curved it in and when Oosthuizen couldn’t get up and down from in front of the green, Watson simply had to two-putt to capture the green jacket.
He almost made the first one, rolling it a few inches past the hole. As the crowd began cheering, he held out his hand to playfully calm down everyone, then tapped it in. The tears started flowing immediately.
“He hit an unbelievable shot there,” Oosthuizen said. “I played well. This is not one I felt like I played badly. Great stuff to him. He deserves it.”