2012 US Masters
The 2012 US Masters was played at the Augusta National in Georgia and was played from 5th to 8th April, with Bubba Watson the surprise winner as he upset the odds. The American beat former Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off to land his first major title.
The first round saw Lee Westwood raise hopes of a first career major win as he went round in 67 to end the day at the head of the leaderboard on five under par. he was closely followed by Peter Hanson and Louis Oosthuizen, who were just a shot further back. Bubba Watson ended the day three under as he was nicely placed to challenge later in the week.
Westwood fell away on day two as he went round in 73, although he did end the day level with Watson and Oosthuizen at four under. Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia were also in the mix in tied third, although it was Fred Couples and 2011 USPGA Championship runner-up Jason Dufner who shared the half-way lead.
Things were tight at the top of the leaderboard by the end of the third day as Peter Hanson moved back to the top with a 65 to go nine under par after 54 holes. Phil Mickelson was second just a shot further back, with Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson handily placed two and three shots back respectively.
The challenge of Westwood, Hanson and Mickelson faltered on the final day as none of them could match the consistency of Watson and Oosthuizen. Watson went round in 68 and Oozthuizen in 69 which ensured the tournament went to a sudden-death play-off.
The US Masters play-off was a sudden death affair and it was Watson who ultimately held his nerve to record a hugely popular victory with fans at Augusta. He match Oozthuizen's par score of four on the first play-off hole at the 18th but going round in four at the second play-off hole at the 18th, with Oosthuizen managing a five.