The Masters came to an end, and what a finish it was.
Up-and-comer Bubba Watson defeated previous Major Louis Oosthuizen in the second sudden death playoff hole to claim the 2012 Masters Green Jacket. This is actually the second time Watson has gone to a playoff for a Major Championship- the first time was at the 2010 PGA Championship, when he lost to Martin Kaymer by one shot in a three-hole aggregate playoff. Congrats to Bubba and his family on a great win.
But another story coming out of this year’s Masters was how Phil Mickelson was oh-so-close at his 4th Green Jacket. Phil made a charge at the back-nine on Saturday shooting a 66 to move one shot behind the lead. But on Sunday he shot a triple bogey on the fourth hole, which doomed him from the very start of the final round- he spent the rest of the round making up lost ground and ended up shooting an even 72 for the day. All I can think about now is what if Phil hadn’t shot that 3-over on one hole? Would he have that fourth jacket?
Even if Phil had won, it really didn’t matter what Tiger Woods had done in the final round. After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational last weekend, people thought that Tiger was back and was the man to beat at Augusta. However, the Tiger of the last two-and-a-half years re-emerged, as Woods finished 5-over par overall, his worst 4-round finish at the Masters. Just when you thought Tiger’s Major Drought was over, it just keeps on going and going and going. Tiger has another shot at the US Open this June.
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