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Bubba Watson 2012 Masters Champion


A Masterful Performance

The back nine at Augusta has a history of cultivating drama: From Amen Corner, to Sarazen’s Bridge, to Holly, the par 4 finishing hole, the Masters does not disappoint. This year, the hallowed pines again beared witness to a drama that will be cemented in golfing lore until the end of time. And after the end of time, a monument in the woods off number 10 will likely remain marking the spot where Bubba hit the shot that according to him, “Set up perfectly for a hook.”

What a Sunday it was. The story unfolded like clean laundry and even the most stoic Augusta patrons were left pumping their fists and shouting “Go Dawgs!”

Bo Van Pelt fired a Sunday record 64. Tiger struggled. Low amateur Patrick Cantlay coasted to an even par final round (despite taking 15 strokes to finish the 13th and 14th holes). And that was all before Louis Oosthuizen dropped a 235 yard bomb on the 2nd hole for double eagle. After two holes, it was game on.

Congestion at the top of the leaderboard had Phil, Kuchar, Hanson, and Bubba all within striking distance of Oosthuizen, but it was Bubba that rose to the challenge. After a bogey at the 12th, Bubba rolled in 4 straight birdies earning him the birdie-streak-trophy-ball and a share of the lead. He was definitely in the zone but later said he, “was nervous on every shot, every putt. Went into a playoff. I got in these trees and hit a crazy shot that I saw in my head and somehow I’m here talking to you with a green jacket on.”

He makes it sound easy. It wasn’t. John Brenkus from Sport Science can’t even explain that shot from the woods. It defied the laws of physics. It curved more than Lombard Street. It spun like the Spin Doctors. But that is how Bubba plays. He goes for broke. He plays what he and his caddy refer to as Bubba golf, which is best compared to Peyton Manning accurately quarterbacking with a boomerang. “I always attack,” said Bubba, “I want to hit the incredible shot.” Incredible indeed.

Congratulations to the 2012 Masters Champion.

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