Watson claims Masters title
Augusta National served up another thriller - and it ended with American Bubba Watson pulling off the fifth win by a left-hander in the last 10 Masters.
The big-hitting 33-year-old stopped Louis Oosthuizen from becoming the third South African to don a green jacket in the last five years - and the first ever to win after producing a magical albatross.
With England's Lee Westwood a nearly man again, Oosthuizen, the runaway winner of The Open at St Andrews two years ago, and Watson, who lost a play-off for the USPGA title to Martin Kaymer a month after that, tied on the 10 under par total of 278 before Watson claimed victory on the second play-off hole.
Watson had missed a 22-footer on the final green and then failed with a nine-footer when they returned to the 18th.
They then switched to the downhill 10th. Oosthuizen bogeyed and Watson, despite hitting into trouble with his distinctive pink driver, conjured up a superb hook onto the green and two-putted for victory.
Both had missed birdie putts on the last, but what came before was simply stunning.
After the drama of Rory McIlroy's closing 80 last year this year's final round included the first-ever albatross two on the 575-yard second hole. That would have been memorable if it had been from the tournament back-marker, but Oosthuizen's 253-yard four-iron took him into the lead.
Three-time winner Phil Mickelson - another left-hander, of course - was joint second at that point, but then gave himself a real mountain to climb with a nightmare six - his second triple bogey of the week - on the short fourth.
Westwood birdied the last, but a 68 for eight under left him joint third with Swede Peter Hanson, Mickelson and another American, Matt Kuchar.
Ian Poulter and Padraig Harrington gave themselves a chance too, but it was effectively over for them before Poulter three-putted the last for seventh place and Harrington double-bogeyed it to be joint eighth with Justin Rose and Adam Scott, who, like Bo Van Pelt, holed-in-one off the 16th.