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The Masters 2012: Bubba Watson Claims Green Jacket In Sudden Death Playoff At Augsuta National

It was one of the wildest finishes in Masters history this year at Augusta National after a plethora of players had a chance to slip on the Green Jacket this year. Ultimately it came down to two competitors, Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen in a sudden death playoff, but after two holes of sudden death play, Bubba Watson is your 2012 Masters champion.

Oosthuizen and Watson both gave themselves legitimate putts for birdie on No. 18 green, during the first hole of the playoff. Oosthuizen's chance slid by on the right, leaving the door open for Bubba. Watson unfortunately missed, moving the playoff to No. 10, the second hole of sudden death.

Watson would push his drive far into the woods on his next tee shot, while Oosthuizen missed the fairway with 3-wood as well. Bubba would hit an incredible shot from off the pine straw to about 15 feet for birdie, and after Oosthuizen made bogey, had two shots for the win. This is Watson's first major championship.

Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler and a number of other competitors were waiting green side to congratulate Watson, as well as his family. He was obviously overcome with emotion as a roaring crowd cheered him on.

Bubba used five birdies on his back nine to force the playoff, and becomes the fifth left-handed golfer to win the event in the last decade.

Peter Hanson started the day with a one stroke lead over Phil Mickelson, playing in the final grouping, but they quickly went to the wayside after early strugglies, including a triple-bogey on the par-3 third. Much of the fireworks came from the group in front of them, starting with Louis Oosthuizen.

Oosthuizen pulled a 4-iron for his second shot from 260 yards on the par-5 second hole, which he sank for a double-eagle to shoot to the top of the leaderboard, only the second albatross in Masters history.

Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar and Peter Hanson all finished tied for third at 8-under, while the next closest competitor was Ian Poulter at 5-under.

As for Tiger Woods, he would finish Sunday with a 2-over round of 75, finishing the week 5-over. Coming in as one of the favorites to win, Woods had his worst showing ever at the Masters in 2012, just two weeks after his first PGA Tour victory in over two years.

Bo Van Pelt and Henrik Stenson each had a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th today, while UCLA's Patrick Cantlay finished as low amateur, claiming the Silver Cup.

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