bill-swift - April 9, 2012
The world was ready for the reemergence of the great Tiger Woods at the 76th edition of the Masters this week at the Augusta National Golf Club this week. A heated battle was expected between him and Rory McIlroy. What the world got instead was a dramatic four-day tournament that saw some incredible performances by golf's legends past, present, and future (but not named Tiger or Rory).
In the end it came down to Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff hole on Sunday.
The day had begun with Peter Hanson on top of the leaderboard at 9-under followed by Phil Mickelson (-8), Oosthuizen (-7), Watson (-6), and Matt Kuchar (-5).
Oosthuizen made an incredible shot on the second hole Sunday (see video below) for a rare double eagle to take the lead at 10-under. He'd hit a pair of bogeys, one on the fourth and the other on the tenth, but made up for them with a pair of birdies (13th and 15th) to retake the lead.
Watson started off a little shaky with an early bogey on the first hole of the day, but recovered with a pair of birdies on the front nine (on the 2nd and 5th) to improve to 7-under. After a bogey on the 12th he caught fire with four consecutive birdies from the 13th to the 16th for share of the lead.
All hope appeared to be lost for Watson when his tee shot landed deep in the woods on the playoff hole. However, hopes for his first major victory were renewed after an incredible hook shot left him just 10 feet from the pin (see above video).
In the end, Watson parred the hole while Oosthuizen recorded a bogey.
Other notable efforts: Phil Mickelson played a solid round on Sunday with the exception of one hole, the fourth, where he recorded a triple bogey. Neither Tiger or Rory where ever in contention; both finished 5-over.
Article by Travis Pulver
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