by Jeff Skinner
Each year Sunday at The Masters provides us with thrills and chills and today was no different. It started early in the day with Bo Van Pelt dropping an ace at the sixteenth. Adam Scott followed with an ace of his own but neither of those will go down as the shot of the day. These shots pale in comparison to the extraordinary shots played later in the day.
Early in his round former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen hit the shot of the day, no it was more like the shot of the century. Oosthuizen started the day two back of Peter Hanson and had a downhill second shot of 265 yards into the par five second hole. He hit a high fade that landed on the green and promptly scooted all the way across the green and didn’t stop until it hit the bottom of the cup. The double eagle, the rarest of all scores in golf vaulted the South African him into the lead by two strokes.
Oosthuizen would play a workmanlike round of 69, hitting fairways and sinking clutch putts. But he wasn’t clear of the field as Bubba Watson finally found a steady putter and was able the string four straight birdies together from 13-16 and the two ended tied at ten under. The two headed to a playoff where Watson one upped his playing partner with another shot of the century on the second playoff hole.
With his tee ball deep in the woods, sitting on a scrappy bed of pine straw and needing a 40-50 yard hook Watson worked his magic. Watson finessed a strong, high hook from the shade of the pines onto the green to the thundering approval of the Augusta fans.
All that was needed for a green jacket fitting was two putts and Watson kept his wits about him until he tapped in for par and his first major championship.
It was only fitting that these two golfers were paired together as they both hit shots that will go down in Masters history. Louie and Bubba, two very different golfers tied together forever with their historic shots.
Bubba’s hooking wedge:
Louie’s double eagle: