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Watson out of the woods and into the green jacket

Bubba Watson conjured a miraculous par from pine straw to become only the third left-hander to win the Masters with an emotional playoff victory over Louis Oosthuizen at Augusta National on Sunday. The new master

other Updated: Apr 10, 2012 01:31 IST

Bubba Watson conjured a miraculous par from pine straw to become only the third left-hander to win the Masters with an emotional playoff victory over Louis Oosthuizen at Augusta National on Sunday.

The American clinched his first major title with a two-putt par on the second extra hole, the par-four 10th, where South African Oosthuizen bogeyed after ending up just short of the green in two and failing to get up and down.

Dream come true
"I never got this far in my dreams," a teary-eyed Watson said in the Butler Cabin before being helped into the revered green jacket by last year's Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa.

"I got in these trees, hit a crazy shot that I saw in my head and somehow I'm here talking to you with a green jacket on.

"It's a blessing," Watson added, after joining fellow left-handers Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006 and 2010) and Mike Weir (2003) as Masters winners.

A self-taught golfer who learned the game by hitting wiffle balls around his house, Watson became the eighth consecutive first-time winner of a major and the 11th in the last 12 championships played.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, paid tribute to Watson. "We had a great day," Oosthuizen said. "He had an unbelievable shot there... great stuff from him and he deserves it." The duo had finished the regulation 72 holes on 10-under-par 278, Oosthuizen carding a three-under 69 and Watson drawing level with a sizzling run of four birdies.

Worst finish
Four-times winner Tiger Woods made a humbling exit after battling his way to a 74 and a five-over total of 293, his worst Masters finish as a professional.

The new master