Monday, April 9, 2012
In Case You Missed It - Bubba Watson Makes "The Shot"
Bubba Watson plays his second shot around trees on the second playoff hole Sunday at the Masters. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images / April 8, 2012)
Then there was Watson on No. 10, the second playoff hole. He and Oosthuizen had matched pars on the first extra hole, No. 18, then marched off to No. 10 and matched ugly drives. Watson's was uglier. On the par-four, 495-yard monster, Watson had driven the ball 330 — normal for him — but so far off track to the right that he was left on some trampled pine straw and had a TV tower and trees blocking his view of the green.
"We had 135 [to the green] front," Watson said. ". . . I think we had like 164 [to the] hole, give or take. . . . hit a 52-degree, my gap wedge, hooked it around about 40 yards, hit about 15 feet off the ground until it got under the tree and then started rising. Pretty easy."
When his shot turned right and got up the hill to the green and kept turning until it stopped 15 feet away from the pin, golfers everywhere — most watching on TV, where the angle and dimensions of the shot were clearly apparent — knew they had just witnessed the Miracle at the Masters. Oosthuizen, who created the previous miracle about four hours earlier, when he ran a four iron 265 yards downhill and into the cup on No. 2, needed to sink a treacherous 12-footer for par to force Watson to make his putt for the win. Then Oosthuizen missed and Watson easily two-putted.
Welcome Bubba Watson the newest owner of the Masters Green Jacket.