Bubba Watson wins action packed US Masters

Bubba Watson is the 2012 US Masters champion.

Bubba Watson's miraculous hook shot from the pine needles at the second playoff hole. Source: AFP
Bubba Watson has won the 2012 US Masters, securing the green jacket after beating Louis Oosthuizen with a par at the second sudden-death playoff hole
The winning par wasn't exactly text book though.
Watson had sprayed his pink driver into the trees on the right of the 10th hole at Augusta National after he and Louis Oosthuizen had made par on the first playoff hole, the 18th. Louis Oosthuizen looked to have the advantage but he also sprayed his 3-wood and found himself a long way back.
But it was Watson's pitching wedge from the trees that we will all remember. Faced with a gap through the trees which required a big hook to make the green, Watson made it look easy and only needed two putts to become the third left-handed golfer to win the US Masters winner since Mike Weir became the first in 2004.

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Bubba Watson wins action packed US Masters

Bubba Watson is the 2012 US Masters champion.

Bubba Watson's miraculous hook shot from the pine needles at the second playoff hole. Source: AFP
Bubba Watson has won the 2012 US Masters, securing the green jacket after beating Louis Oosthuizen with a par at the second sudden-death playoff hole
The winning par wasn't exactly text book though.
Watson had sprayed his pink driver into the trees on the right of the 10th hole at Augusta National after he and Louis Oosthuizen had made par on the first playoff hole, the 18th. Louis Oosthuizen looked to have the advantage but he also sprayed his 3-wood and found himself a long way back.
But it was Watson's wedge from the trees that we will all remember. Faced with a gap through the trees which required a big hook to make the green, Watson made it look easy and only needed two putts to become the third left-handed golfer to win the US Masters winner since Mike Weir became the first in 2004.

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US Masters 2012: Adam Scott hole-in-one video

Adam Scott holes out at the par-3 17th at Augusta.

Adam Scott finally got his game together with a 6-under par 66 at Augusta today. The round included a chip in on 17 and this amazing hole-in-one at the par-3 16th.

If anyone remembers, he got very close to holing out at the same hole, during the same round at the 2011 US Masters.

Courtesy of FoxSports.

US Masters 2012: Louis Oosthuizen albatross video

Louis Oosthuizen provided the shot of the final round with this amazing albatross on the par-5 second hole at Augusta National. 
It was the first time, in the 76 year history of the US Masters that an albatross had been scored on this hole.

US Masters 2012: Phil Mickelson’s incredible flop-shot video

This is one of the greatest, most ridiculous of shots of all time. 
I would highly recommend never attempting this at home or on a golf course. this is Phil Mickelson’s flop shot on the 15th hole at Augusta National during this morning’s third round of the 2012 US Masters.

US Masters 2012: Tiger kicks his club video

In case you missed it this morning, here is Tiger Woods losing his swing and his temper.

When Tiger Woods finally won again two weeks ago, there were many saying, “He’s back”. On this video evidence there are a lot of people now saying, “Oh wait, hang on”.

 

US Masters 2012: Aussie six pack, now just three

Out of the six Australian golfers who began at the 2012 US Masters, just three of them are playing over the weekend.


Jason Day has withdrawn from the US Masters, and John Senden and Bryden MacPherson missed the cut leaving just three Australians playing Augusta National this weekend. 
The three playing on the weekend
Adam Scott saw a birdie putt shave the hole on 18, then missed the putt coming back to see a potential round of 68 end up as a 70. He is at 1-over for the tournament and not out of it.

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US Masters 2012: Fred Couples video interview

Tiger tails, Couples and Dufner lead

Compared to the anticipation, the opening two days of the 2012 US Masters may be seen as a little anti-climatic. But as usual, Augusta has thrown up some some stories that make for an intriguing weekend. 

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Leaders

Fred Couples -5 72 67
Jason Dufner -5 69 70
Rory McIlroy -4 68 72
Bubba Watson -4 69 71
Louis Oosthuizen -4 68 72
Lee Westwood -4 67 73
Sergio Garcia -4 72 68

Patience is a virtue at Augusta National, no more so than the opening two days at Augusta.

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US Masters 2012: Round 1 video highlights

Courtesy of FoxSports, here is a video highlights wrap of round 1 action from the 2012 US Masters.

If you’re outside Australia you may have trouble viewing this. If so, head over to the US Masters video highlights section. I’ve had issues getting it to work through Google Chrome, so perhaps try IE.

Convincing the kids to watch golf on TV

Having trouble convincing the kids to watch the US Masters? You’re not alone.

I’ve found a new obstacle in the way of watching early morning golf, and it comes in the form of a small child looking to watch children’s TV.

My latest piece in Inside Golf magazine, “A minor battle for major golf” outlines the issue:

“This may be hard to believe, but the two-year-old in our household is yet to fully appreciate the nuances and subtleties of golf. Just switching channels to catch up on the latest footy scores brings with it cries of derision normally associated with people listening to Celine Dion. I’d hate to think what watching a few holes of golf may produce.”

Read the full article below, or look for it in golf clubs and stores around the country. It’s free!

US Masters 2012: Dark horses and sneaky bets

Here are a few last minute tips ahead of tomorrow's US Masters.
The US Masters has, more often than not, tended to favour the more experienced golfer. And the more experience playing at Augusta National that experienced golfer has, the better.
Here, for what they are worth, are my tips for the US Masters this week, along with a few dark horses and sneaky bets which are unique to this event.

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US Masters 2012: The Aussie six pack

Here is a thirst-quenching look at the six Australians teeing it up at the 2012 US Masters.
Six Aussies take to Augusta National this week, hoping to become the first to ever win the green jacket. But with every man, his swing coach and his caddie offering up their thoughts on how each of them will go, we've decided to take a different look at the pack of six Australians in a language many of us can relate to.

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Aussie heartbreak at the US Masters: video

A great video overview of Aussie heartbreak at the US Masters courtesy of The Golf Show on FoxSports. 
I’d forgotten how slim Craig Parry was and how close Greg Norman’s putt was to win in 1987.

Geoff Ogilvy on Augusta National

Don’t miss this great bit of golf writing from none other than, Geoff Ogilvy.

Geoff Ogilvy occasionally pens a piece for Golf Digest magazine and this month he’s written a column on the course set-up at Augusta National.
The article mentions stuff I’m guessing most of us would never have considered before, including which way the fairways are cut, what looks best on TV and the differential between fringe and green speed.

“Actually, that slowness plays a much more significant role in the short game, especially chipping. Because the grass is always running against you, the fringes are much more passive than the putting surfaces. I’ll bet the speed differential between fringe and green at Augusta National is bigger than anywhere else in golf. All of which makes judging exactly where to land the ball unbelievably tricky. It’s why so many guys struggle from just off the greens at the Masters.”

Long known as a golf geek, Ogilvy’s views on golf course design and setup are always fascinating read. Catch the whole article over at Golf Digest: Masters Officials Don’t Overlook Anything With Course Setup.

Geoff Ogilvy on Augusta National

Don't miss this great bit of golf writing from none other than, Geoff Ogilvy.

Geoff Ogilvy occasionally pens a piece for Golf Digest magazine and this month he's written a column on the course set-up at Augusta National.
The article mentions stuff I'm guessing most of us would never have considered before, including which way the fairways are cut, what looks best on TV and the differential between fringe and green speed.

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2012 US Masters: Top 5 favourites

Bookies have installed Tiger Woods as favourite to win the 2012 US Masters.


Tiger Woods green jacket


Rory McIlroy lands the number one spot. Luke Donald takes it back two weeks later and then Tiger Woods wins again, leading many to suggest "he's back". All this has happened in the last month and makes for one of the most anticipated US Masters in the last decade.
Along with these golfers, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood make up the top five favourites for this week's US Masters and we take a look at each of them in this preview of the Top 5 favourites for the 2012 US Masters.

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Video: Martin Kaymer skims ball across water for hole-in-one

Martin Kaymer skips the ball across the pond and aces the 16th at Augusta National.


Skipping the ball across the pond at the 16th at Augusta National is a bit of a tradition during practice rounds leading into the US Masters and yesterday Martin Kaymer was only too happy to give it a go too.
The crowd were chanting “skip it! skip it!” and Kaymer not only skipped the ball across the pond but up onto the green and into the hole.
A few years ago, Vijay Singh managed an almost identical shot in 2009 you can see in the video below.

Does this photo give you the creeps?

Researching the US Masters this week, I keep stumbling across this photograph. I find it very hard to look at and it stirs emotions I don’t wish to experience ever again.

Is it just me or does anyone else feel the same way?

Does this photo give you the creeps?

Researching the US Masters this week, I keep stumbling across this photograph. I find it very hard to look at and it stirs emotions I don’t wish to experience ever again.

Is it just me or does anyone else feel the same way?