Masters 2012: The Defining Moments on the Final Day

Cain BradleyContributor IIIApril 8, 2012

Masters 2012: The Defining Moments on the Final Day

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    What a final day we had in Augusta. The 2012 Masters was decided by a playoff between popular American Bubba Watson and South African Louis Oosthuizen.

    They weren't the only two players who made Sunday a memorable one. In this slideshow I'm going to look back at the five most important moments of the day.

5th: Bubba Watson's 2nd Shot on Hole 16

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    Bubba Watson had trailed Oosthuizen all day, from when they left the clubhouse to the end of the 15th hole. Bubba's tee shot on the 16th would finally put him in the position to change that.

    Watson putted from within eight feet to put himself level on 10 under with Oosthuizen. This was the final real chance Bubba had of gaining a shot on Oosthuizen, and he took it and never let Louis get back into the lead again. 

4th: Matt Kuchar's 4th Shot on Hole 9

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    Matt Kuchar started the day quite well, getting to seven under after seven holes and just two shots off the leader. The American is one of the most consistent players around and would have not expected his putting to let him down today.

    On the ninth hole after a solid front nine, Kuchar didn't make the green in regulation. He had to chip onto the green and landed within four feet. Unfortunately for Kuchar he would three-putt with all three shots inside four feet.

    If he could have made the fourth shot, he would have been in the playoff.

3rd: Phil Mickelson's 1st Shot on Hole 4

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    Phil Mickelson was looking dangerous all day and finished two shots behind the two men who ended up in a playoff. He had already had one triple bogey in the tournament, but after his Day 3, a good final day looked like it would win it for Phil.

    However, his tee shot at the fourth went way left into the grandstand. It took a huge bounce off the grandstand and ended up rolling left, down the hill and ended up in mess of sticks. That shot would lead to him dropping three shots with a triple bogey.

2nd: Louis Oosthuizen'S 2nd Shot on Hole 2

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    Personally this was my shot of the week. In fact it's one of the best shots I've seen played at Augusta.

    Oosthuizen was one off from the leaders, Peter Hanson and Mickelson, at the start of the hole and played a good shot of the tee into the fairway.

    From there he went for the green with a big shot. It landed around the front left of the green and just rolled for what seems like forever. It rolled the whole way round the green as the roars got louder and finally rolled into the hole for a magical albatross that had never been done before.

1st: Bubba Watson's 2nd Shot on 10th (Playoff Hole 2)

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    The shot that won the Masters!

    After a poor tee shot that went badly right into the pine straw, Louis Oosthuizen had a chance to really put the pressure on Bubba. He failed to, leaving the ball just below the green.

    Up stepped Bubba.

    He would unleash a mighty hook that curved all the way behind the trees to within 10 feet of the cup. It was truly sensational and sent the crowd wild. Bubba would two-putt from there, safe in the knowledge that he would get the win.