The Natural! Bubba Watson Wins The Masters

Bubba Watson (Andrew Redington , Getty Images)

At 6:20 Phil Mickelson was about to tee off on the par 3 16th and my kids needed a bath.  I had a choice to make.  I could watch Lefty try to make a run and bathe the kids afterwards or I could pause The Masters and get the kids clean for a Bubba Watson/Louie Oosthuizen playoff.  I made the right choice.

In a day that started with everyone but Peter Hanson’s mom hoping for a Mickelson win, Bubba Watson was able to hold off Louie Oosthuizen on the  2nd hole of their playoff to win his first major.  Oosthuizen made a great effort to win his 2nd major (2010 Open Championship) with the first ever double-eagle Albatross on number 2 but it was not to be.  Bubba Watson made an unbelievable 2nd shot from the pine straw on the 2nd playoff hole to set up win the 2012 Masters.  The most creative player on tour, Bubba Watson has just become a star in this sport.  His creative game reminds many of another free swinging lefty and I hope he as a career that rivals Mickelson’s.

Phil Mickelson gave us a great effort to finish 8-under but his triple-bogey on the par 3 4th was a miscue that he could not overcome.  Lefty missed a chance to be the 2nd man to get fitted for that green jacket on Easter Sunday twice with Jimmy Demaret.  Peter Hanson never got anything going after bogeying the first hole and had to settle for an 8- under also.  Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood also finished at 8-under and made 3rd place a crowded affair.

The round of the day belonged to Bo Van Pelt, who shot a 8-under 64 that included a hole on 1 on 16.  Adam Scott also shot a great final round of 66 that included a hole in one of his own on 16.

The betting line favorites coming into Augusta, Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy both had Masters to forget with both of them finishing at 5-over par 293 for the week.  Tiger looked nothing like the man who has won 14 majors or even the man who won 2 weeks ago at the Arnold Palmer.  Mcllroy was in the hunt after day 2 but a third round 77 destroyed any chances he had a green jacket and his first major victory.

The first major of 2012 is in the books and it was one of the better ones i have seen.  I hope the other 3 can live up to the greatness that Bubba Watson and Louie Oosthuizan gave us.  Get ready Olympic Club.  Bubba is coming.


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