Photos: Scottsdale's Bubba Watson wins 2012 Masters Golf Tournament

Photos: Scottsdale's Bubba Watson wins 2012 Masters Golf Tournament

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Bubba Watson of the United States gestures after his one-stroke playoff victory to win the 2012 Masters Tournament during the green jacket presentation at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 9, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 9 at 6:08 PM

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- It's Bubba Watson's first full day as Masters champion. The left-hander beat South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen (LOO'-ee OOST'-hay-zihn) on the second hole of a playoff yesterday evening in Augusta to claim the green jacket and his first major title.

Both players hit shots on Sunday that will live on in Masters lore.

After a faulty tee shot on the second extra hole, Watson shaped a sweeping hook out of the pine straw from 155 yards away, landing the ball safely on the green. He won it with a two-putt par after Oosthuizen had to settle for a bogey.

Oosthuizen had grabbed the lead by holing his second shot on the par-5 second hole for just the fourth double-eagle in the tournament's 76-year history.

Phil Mickelson, Peter Hanson, Lee Westwood, and Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) finished in a four-way tie for third at 8-under, two shots off the winning score.

Tiger Woods finished the tournament 5-over par.

Watson is the fifth left-hander to don a green jacket over the last 10 years and gives Americans back-to-back majors after they'd gone a record six straight without. Keegan Bradley won last year's PGA Championship.
 
 

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