AUGUSTA, Ga. – Bubba Watson saved par from the pine straw and won the Masters on the second hole of a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen.

Trapped among the trees 155 yards from the hole and not able to see the green, the left-hander hit a huge hook Sunday and landed the ball safely on the 10th green.

He two-putted for par and because Oosthuizen couldn’t get up and down from the front of the green, Watson had captured his first major.

Watson birdied holes 13 through 16 to rally from as many as four shots off the lead.

Oosthuizen grabbed that lead on No. 2 when he holed out from the fairway for a rare double-eagle 2.

But it was Watson who hit the shot of the day, the approach on No. 10 that helped him win the first Masters playoff since 2009.

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In the span of about 20 minutes Sunday, Oosthuizen posted a rare double-eagle 2 and Mickelson made an ugly triple-bogey 6 in a pair of seismic shifts atop the leaderboard during the front nine at Augusta National.

The leaders reached the turn with Oosthuizen at 9-under par and leading by two over Bubba Watson and Peter Hanson.

Mickelson was another shot back, one ahead of Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington and Matt Kuchar.

Oosthuizen came into the day in third place, but that all changed on the second hole with the first albatross there and only the fourth in the history of the tournament.

In the blink of an eye, he went from 7-under to 10-under par and surpassed Mickelson and Hanson for the lead.  He later gave up a shot with a bogey on No. 4, then went on to par the rest of the front nine.

Only a few minutes after Oosthuizen’s albatross, Mickelson teed off into the trees well to the left of the fourth green.

Instead of taking a penalty shot and a drop, he tried to hack out right-handed. The ball barely moved the first time.

On the second attempt, he shanked it into the clear, then he followed with a flop shot that failed to clear the bunker.

He needed a terrific up and down from the sand to save triple-bogey 6 and fell to 5-under par.
He made up one of the shots with a birdie on No. 8, set up after he hit driver off the deck to the side of the green.