Masters Results 2012: Power Ranking the Biggest Masters Surprises

Nick HartCorrespondent IApril 9, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Bubba Watson of the United States smiles during the green jacket presentation after his one-stroke playoff victory to win the 2012 Masters Tournament during the green jacket presentation at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Masters tournament has come to a close with Bubba Watson winning the green jacket.  The tournament was filled with surprises, leading to an incredible finish on Sunday.  

Here are the four biggest surprises from the 2012 Masters tournament. 


1. Bubba Watson Donning the Green Jacket

Where to begin? Bubba came into the Masters ranked 16th in the world yet was considered a long shot for victory.  He had never placed higher then tied for 20th at the Masters.  

The guy has never taken a practice lesson or worked with a swing coach.  Before the win he was inconsistent and typically fell apart under pressure—hardly the image of a winner.  Now, he's a Masters champion.    


2. Bubba's Shot On the Second Playoff Hole Out of the Pine Straw

This shot was absolutely incredible.  Deep in the woods, on top of the pine straw, Bubba hit a wedge that somehow managed to hook 40 yards and land on the green, 10 feet from the hole.  

Considering the circumstances, that shot was easily the greatest of the tournament and essentially guaranteed Bubba's victory.   


AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Bubba Watson of the United States (L) and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa (R) shake hands on the 18th hole after each making par to force a playoff during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Cl
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3. Louis Oosthuizen's Double Eagle

Lost in all of the commotion of Bubba's incredible shot on the second playoff hole and his ensuing victory was Louis Oosthuizen's double eagle.  His double eagle was only the fourth in the history of the Masters and the first ever on the second hole.  

By holing out his four-iron from 253 yards, Oosthuizen's double eagle goes down as the longest in Masters history.      


4. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Failing to Contend

Going into the tournament, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were considered the favorites to don the green jacket.  Both were ranked in the top 10 of the world golf rankings and each had a victory already in the season.  

However, each had trouble with his game, struggling throughout the tournament. Ultimately, neither was a factor, finishing tied for 40th at five-over par.