Watch the complete final round and playoff broadcast of the 2012 Masters. Bubba Watson defeats Louis Oosthuizen on the second playoff hole.
Bubba Watson’s Triumph at the 2012 Masters: A Sudden-Death Playoff for the Ages
The Masters Tournament, one of golf’s most prestigious events, has seen its fair share of dramatic moments and thrilling finishes.
In 2012, the 76th edition of this iconic tournament delivered yet another unforgettable chapter in its storied history.
Bubba Watson, a name that would soon be etched in golfing glory, emerged as the victor in a nail-biting sudden-death playoff against Louis Oosthuizen.
Let’s revisit this remarkable tournament and the memorable moments that unfolded at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, from April 5 to April 8, 2012.
Bubba Watson’s Maiden Major Win
Bubba Watson, known for his extraordinary shot-making abilities, secured his first major championship at the 2012 Masters.
The thrilling finale saw Watson defeating Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
It was not only his first major title but also his fourth PGA Tour victory.
Watson’s triumph marked a significant milestone, as he became the eighth consecutive first-time major champion, highlighting the fierce competition at the Masters during that era.
Little did fans know that Bubba Watson’s journey to major glory was far from over, as he would go on to win a second Masters title in 2014, cementing his place among golf’s elite.
Notable Performances and Surprises
The 2012 Masters featured some notable performances and surprising turns of events.
Two pre-tournament favorites, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, found themselves tied for 40th place with a score of 293 (+5).
Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion, was in contention during the final round but suffered a setback with a triple-bogey six on the fourth hole.
Mickelson ultimately finished two strokes behind, in a four-way tie for third.
One of the most remarkable moments came from Bo Van Pelt, who posted the lowest round of the tournament with a scintillating 64 (-8) on Sunday.
This stellar performance catapulted him up the leaderboard, improving 35 places and securing a tie for 17th.
A Playoff for the Ages
The 2012 Masters Tournament added another thrilling playoff to its history, the first in three years.
Ángel Cabrera had won the previous playoff in 2009 on the second extra hole.
This time, it was Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen who would battle it out for the coveted green jacket.
In a tense and dramatic showdown, Watson and Oosthuizen found themselves deadlocked at −10 after 72 holes.
Both players parred the 17th hole and reached the 18th green in regulation.
Oosthuizen had a 35-foot birdie putt opportunity, but it was Watson who had a 25-foot putt for his first major victory.
Unfortunately, Watson narrowly missed his putt on the high side. However, when Oosthuizen coolly sank his four-footer, it set the stage for a sudden-death playoff.