AUGUSTA, Ga. —
Sometimes, winning a golf contest or putting on a immature coupler can change a guy’s life.
Bubba Watson insists he’s not that guy.
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Steve Stricker began 2012 as a highest-ranked American, yet was transposed by Hunter Mahan after his win during Bay Hill. Now new Masters champ Bubba Watson has turn a third actor to reason a eminence of highest-ranked American this season.
Maybe that explains his ability to lift off a unfit when a vigour was hot over during a Masters on Sunday.
Perched atop hunger needles distant right of a fairway with a improved perspective of a TV building than a green, a left-hander bending his approach out of difficulty and into history. His 155-yard curveball landed on a immature and kick South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen on a second hole of a playoff and incited Oosthuizen’s double eagle progressing in a turn into a second-best shot on a day filled with sorcery during Augusta National.
While Oosthuizen unsuccessful to get adult and down from in front of a green, Watson wrapped it adult with a no-stress two-putt on a 10th immature to bind his initial major, afterwards sobbed tough on his mother’s shoulder.
Amazingly, Watson became a 14th opposite leader in a final 14 majors, and a eighth in a quarrel who had never won one before. Watson’s win moves him adult to No. 4 in a universe ranking, a burst of 12 spots from his prior roost during No. 16. This outlines Watson’s initial coming in a universe tip 10.
The tip 3 spots remained in a same hands, with No. 1 Luke Donald, No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Lee Westwood holding their ground. Hunter Mahan drops from fourth to fifth to make approach for Watson, and Steve Stricker slips from fifth to sixth.
Martin Kaymer, who kick Watson in a playoff during a 2010 PGA Championship, slides from sixth to seventh place, while Tiger Woods goes from seventh to eighth. Phil Mickelson moves adult into ninth form his prior mark during No. 14, and Justin Rose moves from ninth to 10th.
The second 10 embody No. 11 Adam Scott, No. 12 Charl Schwartzel, No. 13 Webb Simpson, No. 14 Matt Kuchar, No. 15 Graeme McDowell, No. 16 Jason Day, No. 17 Dustin Johnson, No. 18 Bill Haas, No. 19 Oosthuizen and No. 20 Keegan Bradley. Oosthuizen had been 27th.
Watson’s jubilee was bittersweet. His father, Gerry, died 18 months ago after a prolonged hitch with cancer. But watchful during home for him is his wife, Angie, and their adopted baby son, Caleb.
“The thing is, golf is not my everything,” Watson said. “But for me to come out here and win, it’s overwhelming for a week and afterwards we get behind to genuine life. we haven’t altered a diaper yet, so I’m substantially going to have to change a diaper soon.”
Watson insists a shot that warranted him a Green Jacket wasn’t as ridiculously tough as it looked. Mostly given of his attitude. He hasn’t taken grave lessons and insists he has never strike a turn ideally straight. His motto, as he explained to caddie Ted Scott on a day they met 6 years ago: “If we have a swing, we have a shot.”
So when he blocked a tee shot on No. 10 into a woods, behind a gallery, onto a hunger straw, approach behind in jail, he felt no clarity of panic.
“I get down there, saw it was a ideal draw,” Watson said. “Even yet a building was in my way, we didn’t wish to ask if we could get service or anything, given it only set adult for a ideal pull — well, hook. That’s what we did. We only kept articulate about we never know what’s going to occur out here. Anything can happen.”
Can and flattering many did on this day.
The fad started with a span of holes-in-1 on No. 16 by Adam Scott and Bo Van Pelt, any of whom was personification for position, not a championship.
The fireworks unequivocally started when a leaders got on a course.
Standing on a fairway, 253 yards from a hole on a par-5 second, Oosthuizen strike a 4-iron that bounced on a front of a green, afterwards rolled toward a crater that looked like it had a magnet in it. The turn forsaken and a South African was a owners of a fourth double-eagle 2 in Masters story and a initial on a second hole—to contend zero of a two-shot lead that moments progressing had been a one-shot deficit.
He hold that lead for many of a day, yet satisfied as a turn went on that there’s nowhere else to go after you’ve overwhelmed a sun.
“When something like that happens early in your round, we consider that this is it,” Oosthuizen said. “That was my initial double eagle ever. So it was tough. It was tough a subsequent 5 holes to only get my conduct around it and only play a course.”
He played it solidly, if not spectacularly, and finished during 10-under 278.
Watson, meanwhile, saved his assign for where they customarily come during Augusta National — a behind 9 on Sunday. He done a wily 6-foot putt on No. 13 to start a fibre of 4 true birdies. The fourth one put him in a tie for a lead and a leaders, in a same twosome, finished par-par to set adult a initial playoff during Augusta given Angel Cabrera of Argentina won in 2009.
Watson is a fifth left-hander to enclose a Green Jacket over a final 10 years and gives Americans back-to-back majors — Keegan Bradley won a PGA Championship — after they’d left a record 6 true without.
This one will be distinguished behind home in Florida, with small Caleb in his arms and his father in his thoughts.
“He’d say, `You still need to practice. You missed that fairway. You were underneath a trees a integrate of times. You missed a initial putt,”’ Watson pronounced with a smile. “No, he would be excited. Just like my mom was excited. We didn’t have any words. We only cried in any other’s arms.”