Conventional wisdom says that The Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday. For 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson, that’s where he caught fire, making four straight birdies on holes 13-16 to help him shoot an inward 33 and set up a playoff with PING Pro Louis Oosthuizen.
But his most creative feat was making par on the second hole of sudden death after his errant drive found the woods. Hooking a wedge around a stand of trees from 155 yards, he landed the blind approach shot safely on the green. From there he would two-putt for the tearful win, his first major title.
“I was there earlier today, during regulation,” Watson said of the shot. “So I was used to it. I knew what I was facing there. I had a good lie, had a gap where I had to hook it 40 yards or something. I’m pretty good at hooking it.”
Oosthuizen made a rare shot of his own Sunday. His double-eagle 2 on the par-5 second was only the fourth albatross in Masters history. His S56 4-iron from 255 yards was the first double-eagle ever recorded on live television. For his part, Lee Westwood birdied four of his final six holes to finish T3.
It was the fourth PGA Tour win for the 33-year-old Watson, who fired rounds of 69, 71, 70 and 68. He climbed to second in FedExCup points behind fellow PING Pro Hunter Mahan. He’s also #1 on the money list, just ahead of Mahan, with more than $3 million in winnings. He maintains his tour-leading average driving distance at 313.1 yards.
In his bag was his trademark all-pink G20 driver (8.5º), G20 fairway wood (16.5º), S59 irons, Tour-W wedges, (52º, 56º), a Tour-S wedge (64º), and a Redwood Anser putter (34.5”).