American Bubba Watson was back with his newly-adopted baby son yesterday — and boy will he have a story to tell him when he grows up.
Watson on Sunday night became the fifth left-handed winner of The Masters in the last 10 years, beating South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off after an extraordinary final day at Augusta. Oosthuizen leapt into the lead by holing a 253-yard four-iron on the second for the first albatross two there in the history of the tournament.
Phil Mickelson then self-destructed with his second triple bogey of the week — and yet still might have won. But in the end Watson, the 33-year-old big-hitter from Bagdad, Florida, won by following four successive birdies on the back nine with a stunning act of escapology on the second hole of sudden death.
It was only 2003 that Canadian Mike Weir became just the second left-hander to win any of the majors. Mickelson followed with three victories and now his fellow countryman has a green jacket as well.
He is also the 14th different major champion in a row, with the last eight all being first-time winners. Nobody was surprised that Bubba — real name Gerry — blubbed because he has after all his wins, but there was an added reason for the tears this time — his month-old son Caleb.
Watson and his wife Angie started the process of adopting four years ago as she cannot have children. “It finally came to this winter that we could do it,” he said.
“We got turned down a couple times, but on the Tuesday of Bay Hill (three weeks ago) we got a call, on the Wednesday we made the decision and the Monday after we were down in South Florida, picking up little Caleb. “I can’t wait to get back. I haven’t changed a diaper yet.”
Tiger’s worst show ever
For a pair billed to be the best double act at the Masters in years, Tiger Woods (left) and Rory McIlroy were a box office flop this week. The two players who were touted to dominate the 76th edition of the tournament both departed early on Sunday.
Woods came in with a two-over 74 that left him on five-over 293 for the tournament and set for the worst Masters finish of his professional career.
McIlroy, a 22-year-old Northern Irish prodigy who won last year’s US Open after squandering a last-day Masters lead, settled for a closing 76 that, by coincidence, brought him level with Woods well down the field on 293.
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