The past few weeks have been pretty good to Bubba Watson. Compared with the life-altering adoption of his son – Caleb – just two weeks ago, Watson’s win at the Masters didn’t seem that big to the 33-year old Florida native. Watson almost didn’t even make it to this year’s tournament. His wife had to convince Bubba to leave her with their newborn and play at the Masters.
And this caveman is sure glad she did. Bubba’s performance, particularly his amazing 40-yard hook shot through the woods during a sudden-death playoff with Louis Oosthuizen, isn’t just one of the best shots of this year’s Masters, but one of the best shots of the decade.
“I’ve never had a dream go this far, so I can’t really say it’s a dream come true,” Watson told ESPN. “I don’t even know what happened on the back nine… Nervous on every shot, every putt. Went into a playoff. I got in these trees and hit a crazy shot that I saw in my head, and somehow I’m here talking to you with a green jacket on.”
His amazing hook shot settled 10 feet from the hole, setting him up for a simple par for the win.
While Bubba’s performance over the weekend was some of the best playin’ this here caveman has ever seen, let’s take a quick minute to wrap up some of the best (and worst) moments of the tournament just in case ya missed ’em.
- Louis Oosthuizen’s double-eagle: When Oosthuizen crushed a four iron from 243 yards out, his ball bounced onto the putting service to get caught the slope and feed straight into the cup for a two on the par-5. His double-eagle (also known as an albatross) is one of four double-eagles to ever be shot at Augusta. Ever.
- Bubba’s momma: Even this rock-hard caveman has to admit, seein’ a teary-eyed Bubba Watson embracin’ his momma after his Masters win sure was a touchin’ sight ta see.
- Bubba’s winnin’ shot: Even though I described it already, I had to say it again. That really was one heckuva shot.
- Tiger Woods: Just everything about Tiger’s performance was terrible. From
his score to his behavior, Tiger was just not up to par this weekend. With
his precise combination of screaming, yelling, and club kicking, Tiger put
to rest any excitement about his potential comeback.
- Phil Mickelson’s meltdown: When Mickelson shot into the woods on the fourth
hole, he could have re-teed. I don’t think that this caveman is alone in sayin’
that he should have re-teed. Instead he went where no man has ever gone before
– into the bushes of Augusta National. His first right-handed shot went about
two feet. His second right-handed shot almost took out the cameraman. With
a clear view to the green, his fourth shot went straight into the bunker.
Coulda, shoulda, woulda.
So there ya have it, Rockheads – Scratch’s very own guide to the best and the worst of this year’s Masters. Have a favorite moment of your own? Leave it in the comment section!