Bubba Watson, the pride and joy of Bagdad, has won the Masters Tournament. It came down to a playoff with South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen. And Bubba pulled it out, winning the green jacket. Before you get angry about the Bagdad thing, please understand that I am not referring to Baghdad, Iraq. But Bagdad, Florida. Bubba’s hometown:
The Masters tournament involves around a hundred players taking a total of around 20,000 strokes. But in the end, it came down to just two: Louis Oosthuizen’s astonishing albatross on 2, and Bubba Watson’s ungodly pop-fly wedge shot from the woods on the second playoff hole. Both will be part of Masters lore for years, but only one won a green jacket.
The Masters that began with so many players finished up with just two, Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson, in a sudden-death playoff. Both players got good looks at a birdie on 18, with Watson barely missing a Masters-winning putt. Possibly rattled by that, Watson stuck his tee shot on 10 into the deep woods right of the green on 10, but then uncorked a shot not even a video game player could imagine: a straight-up wedge that landed within 15 feet for birdie. Needing two shots to win, Watson put his first putt close, and tapped in his second for his first major win.
You know that country song, Bubba Shot the Jukebox? Try: Bubba Shot the Lights Out!