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Watson hangs green jacket up on ‘the perfect hook’

AMERICAN Bubba Watson was back with his newly-adopted baby son today – and boy will he have a story to tell him when he grows up.

Watson last 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.


Unique in how he likes to hit the ball with massive hooks or slices – “Bubba Golf”, he calls it – Watson curved the ball 40 yards from left to right out of the trees and onto the green at the 10th.

When Oosthuizen, runaway winner of The Open at St Andrews two years ago, failed to save par after coming up short, two putts were good enough and Watson, now the world number four, took them. It was only 2003 that Canadian Mike Weir became just the second left-hander to win a major. Mickelson followed with three victories and now his compatriot has a green jacket.

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.

“I can’t wait to get back. I haven’t changed a diaper yet.”

On the shot that effectively won him his first major Watson added: “It just set up for a perfect draw – well, hook.”