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    Bubba Watson Wins The Masters in a Playoff

    By By Mike Wolfe
    April 09, 2012, 4:48:54 AM EDT

    We have a new Masters Champion walking amongst us. Bubba Watson (@BubbaWatson) made par on the second playoff hole to defeat Louis Oosthiuzen and win the 2012 Masters. It's Watson's first win of 2012 and first victory since the 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.


    Watson, who played all four rounds under par, looked as though he would be on the outside looking in as he made the turn on Sunday. His bogey on 12 could have been the end of Bubba's run but he followed the lone bogey with four consecutive birdies to move to 10-under with Oosthiuzen. When Bubba couldn't convert his birdie putt on the 18th, the two headed to a playoff.

    On the first playoff hole Bubba found himself with a birdie putt to win but just burned the edge and settled for a par. The second playoff hole (the 10th hole) looked to be the end of Bubba's run as his tee shot found the crowd. Left with 155 yards to the green, Bubba made the shot of a lifetime and knocked it onto the green. After Oosthuizen couldn't convert his par putt, Bubba was left with a 10 feet and two putts for the win.

    Bubba Watson earned $1,440,000 and 600 FedEx Cup points for the victory. He jumps to second in the FedEx Cup standings and earns a lifetime exemption to The Masters. Throughout the tournament Bubba made 19 birdies and nine bogies.

    Masters Notables

    Heading into Sunday The Masters leaderboard was crowded with big names at the top. Here's how some of the top players in the world finished.

    ● Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Peter Hanson all finished tied for 3rd at 8-under. Westwoods 4-under was followed by Kuchar's 3-under to move up to third place while Mickelson shot even par and Hanson finished the final round at 1-over. ● The story heading into the week was on Rory McIlroy v. Tiger Woods. The two battled it out but unfortunately it wasn't to see who would win The Masters. In the end they both finished at 5-over for the tournament, tied for 40th. ● The Australians continue to search for their countries first Masters and will have to wait until 2013 for another shot. Jason Day withdrew and Adam Scott finished tied for 8th. His final round 66 (6-under) included a hole-in-one on the 16th hole.

    The PGA Tour heads to Hilton Head, S.C., for the RBC Heritage where Brandt Snedekar is the defending champion.

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