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2012 Masters Winner: Bubba Watson Wins Green Jacket After Playoff

On Sunday, following one of the most intense competitions in recent years, a winner was finally crowned at the 2012 Masters in Augusta. Eventually, it took more than 72 holes to decide a winner, but Bubba Watson won the title with a par on the second sudden-death playoff hole.

At the end of 18 holes, Watson and Louis Oosthuizen were tied atop the leaderboard at 10-under and went to a playoff. The sudden-death round commenced on the par-4 18th hole, where Watson won the draw to tee off first. Both men had chances to sink a birdie, but Oosthuizen's longer of the two men's putts went right of the hole by an inch. Watson then had a chance to win with a birdie, but his shot improbably went wide left.

The tee-off for the second playoff hole found Watson in the trees on his first shot. Oosthuizen wound up in the rough, failing to find the green on his second shot. Watson hit a remarkable shot out of the woods to find the hole and position himself well for a birdie. Oosthuizen bogeyed, allowing Watson to make par for the win.


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Phil Mickelson attempted to tie them near the end of his round, but an early triple-bogey ended up proving his undoing, as he finished at 8-under. He tied for third place with Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar and Peter Hanson, who had entered Sunday's final round alone in the lead at 9-under.

Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar tried their best to keep pace, but in the end ran out of time and both finished at 8-under.

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