My perspective on Bubba Watson’s incredible win at the Masters went live on Sympatico last night:
Louis Oosthuizen hit one of the most remarkable shots in Masters history when he made an incredibly rare double-eagle on the second hole of the final round of golf’s first major, a swing that made him the leader of the tournament. At the time no one knew that shot would be outdone four hours later by an incredible 40-yard hook that emerged from deep in the Augusta pines and nestled 10 feet from the cup on the second playoff hole rewarding Bubba Watson with his first Masters win.
“I never got this far in my dreams,” said a tearful Watson, a golfing savant with a homegrown swing who outdueled former British Open winner Oosthuizen.
The way Watson won – using his homegrown swing on the final playoff hole when it looked like all the magic was gone – will make this Masters one of the most dramatic and memorable in the tournament’s history. That it bested Oosthuizen, who looked unflappable throughout, makes it even more remarkable.
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Bubba is an icon to all of us unconventional golfers.
He doesn’t run to a swing coach every time he hits one offline.
Go with what you got Bubba, maybe Tiger and Mike Weir should take a page from his book.