We continue our countdown of the greatest moments in Masters History with this trip back seven years to 2012 when Bubba Watson gave the words Sky Hook a whole new meaning.
Masters Moments: (2012) Bubba Watson
Entering the Final Round of the 2012 Masters Peter Hanson, Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson, and Matt Kuchar were all within four shots of the lead. Kuchar was first out and opened with a Par, as did Oosthuizen and Mickelson, but Hanson and Watson made bogeys. Just like that Hanson and Mickelson were tied for the lead, but in the blink of an eye, the whole tournament was turned on its ear. Oosthuizen at the Par Five 2nd with a 3-iron from 232 yards, lands it on the front of the green and it rolled all the way to the hole and in CBS’s David Feherty famous call “OH COME TO PAPA…YES” and just like that, he had a two-shot lead over Mickelson and Hanson. His playing partner Watson in utter shook gathered himself and made a birdie. And in the group ahead Kuchar made a birdie at 3 and was back within four.
Mickelson and Hanson just like that went from tied for the lead to two back, and neither birdied the Par Five 2nd. Oosthuizen gave one of the strokes back with a bogey at four. The group behind Mickelson now back within one exactly where he started the day pushes his tee shot into the par three into an unplayable lay which leads to a triple bogey and he’s four back. Hanson couldn’t buy a putt and didn’t make a birdie on the day until it was too late and fell out of contention. Watson made a birdie at 5 and was back within two, while Kuchar birdied 7 and was within two. Oosthuizen kept making pars, and Mickelson added a birdie on 8 to get within 3.
Kuchar’s chances took a step back with a double bogey on 9. Oosthuizen bogeyed 10, and Watson was within one and Mickelson two. Watson gives the stroke back with a bogey at 12, but he rebounded with a birdie at 13, right on top of Oosthuizen’s and he was still two back. Mickelson adds a birdie at 13 himself and is within two himself. Up ahead at Kuchar keeping quietly along since the double, makes an Eagle at 15 and ties Oosthuizen for the lead…but he gives it right back with a bogey at 16. Watson at 14, makes birdie and is within one. At 15 Oosthuizen misses an important Eagle putt and settles for birdie, Watson makes his 3rd birdie in a row and stays within one, behind Mickelson birdies 15 as well but will need help or an incredible finish to have a chance. At 16 tee Watson pulls 7-iron and knocks it close for his 4th straight birdie and ties the lead. Mickelson fails to birdie 16 and can’t mount a charge. Both Watson and Oosthuizen par in and head into a playoff.
On the first playoff hole, both men have birdie putts and both miss and head to the 10th hole. Oosthuizen goes off the tee first and finds the fairway, Watson is not as lucky and pulls his ball into the trees. Oosthuizen hits a poor 2nd shot and leaves it short, Watson in the trees needs to hook his ball at almost a 90-degree angle to get it anywhere on the green…he did just that with a 62-degree wedge the ball hooked all the way onto the green in one of the most dramatic shots in Masters and it land’s 12 feet away from the flag. Oosthuizen leaves his chip short and makes bogey and Watson is two putts from victory and he does just that and Bubba Watson won the 2012 Masters.