Watson continues trend with Masters win

April, 8, 2012
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Bubba Watson shot four-under par in the fourth round before beating Louis Oosthuizen on the second playoff hole to win his first major championship.

This was the 15th playoff in Masters history, and the ninth that was decided by sudden death. Angel Cabrera beat Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in the most recent playoff in 2009.

Watson is the 14th different champion in the last 14 majors. The last eight of those winners, and 11 of the last 12, have been first-time major winners. Phil Mickelson's win at the 2010 Masters was the lone exception.

Before 2003, no left-handed golfer had won the Masters. With Watson’s win, southpaws have won five of the last 10 Masters. Mike Weir won in 2003, and Mickelson has put on the green jacket three times.

Watson did all of his damage on the last six holes. In his four rounds, he was 10-under on holes 13 through 18 and even par on the rest of the course.

Oosthuizen had the most dramatic shot of the day, a double-eagle on the second hole. It was the fourth albatross in Masters history. With Oosthuizen’s playoff loss, Gene Sarazen is the only player with a double-eagle to win the same year.

Mickelson was unable to pick up his fourth green jacket, but he did finish in the top-3 for the eighth time. That moves him into a tie with Sam Snead for the second-most top-3 finishes in Masters history, trailing just Jack Nicklaus with 12.

The biggest mover on Sunday was Bo Van Pelt, who shot a 64 to finish at one-under par. Van Pelt shot an ace on the 16th hole on his way to recording the sixth final-round 64 at the Masters.

Van Pelt wasn’t the only player with a hole in one on Sunday. Ten groups later, Adam Scott also recorded an ace on the 16th.

Pre-tournament favorites Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods struggled over the weekend and finished in a tie for 40th at five-over par.

McIlroy followed up a 77 on Saturday with a 76 in the final round. In 14 career rounds at the Masters, he has finished four-over par or worse four times. That compares to only three rounds in the 60s.

Woods’ finish was his worst as a professional in 16 Masters appearances. He finished at five-over and tied for 41st as an amateur in 1995, but his worst previous 72-hole score as a professional was three-over par. That was good for a second-place tie in 2007, as Zach Johnson won shooting one-over for the tournament.

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