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Bubba Watson wins dramatic Masters

Bubba Watson receives the famous green jacket after winning the 2012 US Masters Photo: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Bubba Watson claimed a dramatic win in the US Masters, beating Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off at Augusta.

The 33-year-old American stopped Oosthuizen from becoming the third South African to don the green jacket in the last five years, and the first to win after producing an albatross.

Britain and Ireland were well represented on the final leaderboard, with Lee Westwood finishing on eight under, Ian Poulter on four under and both Ireland's Padraig Harrington and England's Justin Rose on four under.

Final leaderboard

  • 10 under: Bubba Watson (won at second play-off hole), Louis Oosthuizen.
  • 8 under: Peter Hanson, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood.
  • 5 under: Ian Poulter.
  • 4 under: Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose, Adam Scott.

Watson won the title on the second play-off hole. Despite hitting into trouble with his pink driver, he produced a superb shot onto the green and two-putted for victory.

Bubba Watson hugs his caddie Ted Scott after securing victory, as his mother Mollie approaches Credit: Mike Segar / Reuters

He becomes the 14th different winner of the last 14 majors and the eighth in a row who had never won one before. Seven was already a record.

After winning the Masters, a tearful Bubba Watson said: "I never got this far in my dreams."

Who is Gerry "Bubba" Watson?

  • 1978: Born November 5, in Bagdad, Florida
  • 2003: Watson turns professional after playing golf at a college in Alabama and the University of Georgia.
  • 2007: After spending much of the weekend in contention he finished in a tie for fifth at the US Open.
  • 2010: Claims his first PGA win at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, winning in a sudden death play-off.
  • 2012: Beats Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off to win the Masters.