2012 Masters Best And Worst Moments: From Tiger Woods' Skid To Bubba Watson's Miracle Shot

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Bubba Watson of the United States speaks to the media during a press conference after his one-stroke playoff victory to win the 2012 Masters Tournament during the green jacket presentation at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The best and worst moments from the Masters, including Bubba Watson's miracle shot, Phil Mickelson's Benny Hill moment and Tiger Woods cussin' at himself.

The 2012 Masters is in the books, and what a tournament it was. Even without Tiger Woods, who rendered himself irrelevant with four rounds of even-par or worse, the drama continued to unfold at Augusta National throughout the week. There were amazing shots, spectacular meltdowns, and a man named Bubba in a green jacket at the end of it all.

If you missed any of the tournament, we're here to help. Thanks to the magic of video and GIFs, we've laid out the best and worst moments of the weekend, led by Bubba Watson's amazing finish on Sunday.

Best Moments

Bubba Watson with an improbable shot to win The Masters (video here). You're not really supposed to do what Bubba Watson did on the second sudden-death playoff hole on Sunday. From where he stood, the green didn't look like an option. An errant drive -- long, but way right -- left Watson somewhat blocked out, his Masters hopes hanging by a thread.

So he picked up a pitching wedge, took a monstrous hack and hit what he called "a perfect draw" into the green. That perfect draw was more like a 40-yard hook, and his ball somehow ended up in a perfect position. He went on to two-putt and win The Masters.

Bubba Watson with a head fake, leaving Billy Payne hanging. We can file this under awkward, but really it's the most amazing thing ever. A little confusion leads to Watson smoothly brushing off Payne to shake Charl Schwartzel's hand in Butler Cabin. Payne is left rubbing his nose in a "Play it off, man" moment.


Bubba Watson's drive causes people to do strange things. Sensing a theme? It really was Watson's day on Sunday. Even though he plays a secondary role in this, an errant tee shot of his did produce one of the finer GIFs of the day.

Everything about this is spectacular: The man in bright pink shorts covering his head with a cigarette in one hand, people dodging a runaway golf ball and, finally, the payoff.


Louis Oosthuizen's double-eagle (video here). Or an albatross, if that's what you want to call it -- so rare, we haven't even decided what to call it yet. Oosthuizen recorded only the fourth double-eagle at The Masters and the first on the second hole. From 243 yards out, Oosthuizen crushed a four iron, landing it just short of the green before bouncing up onto the putting surface. His shot caught the slope and fed straight towards the hole, gently dropping over the front lip and into the cup for a two on the par-5.

Sadly for Oosthuizen, his double-eagle is just a footnote after Bubba Watson caught up to him and took home the green jacket with a win on the second hole of the sudden-death playoff. Still one heck of a shot, though.

Really happy white people. Because this was a recurring theme at Augusta, here's the whitest moment of the week. This single GIF is Augusta National in a nutshell.


Worst Moments

Tiger Woods. Just everything about Tiger Woods' week. All of it. From the screaming and yelling to the club throwing, all centered around some truly horrible golf, Tiger had himself a forgettable week. The talk of Tiger being back, ready to reclaim his spot atop the golf world? Forget it. Not right now and not after he scrambled all over the course at Augusta National, failing to break par in any of his four rounds.

Some highlights: Tiger punts his club; Tiger cursing at himself over and over; Tiger takes a chunk out of a tee box; From the gallery to a bunker; and "Aw Tiger, Goddamnit ... shiiiiit."

Henrik Stenson's snowman on 18. Augusta National can reach up and smack anyone in the back of the head at a moment's notice. A player can be cruising along, putting together a solid or even spectacular round one moment, and the next they're dusting themselves off after being knocked down by the golf course. Henrik Stenson had one of those moments on Thursday.

In his opening round, Stenson raced out to the lead and was poised to head into the clubhouse at 5-under. All he had to do was navigate 18. A bad tee shot later, Stenson was in the woods. Shortly thereafter, he was beating the ground with his club after hitting a shot that was no higher than about three feet off the ground. He finished with an 8 on the hole and never recovered (video of it all here).

If you're wondering, Stenson carded a 9-over 81 on Sunday that included five bogeys and a double on the back.

Best Worst Moments

Patrick Cantlay's final round. Remember the name Patrick Cantlay. You'll need to know it someday soon. His even-par 72 in the final round looks pretty normal, but look closer and you'll notice a few staggering things. He went out in 34, including an eagle on the par-4 seventh. He came in at 38, which doesn't seem too abnormal at all. Until you realize Cantlay carded a nine on the par-5 13th and a six on the par-4 14th. Two holes, a total score of 15. Phil Mickelson carded a 30 on the entire back-nine on Saturday.

How did Cantlay, the low amateur of the tournament, bounce back? With an eagle on 15, a birdie on 16 and another birdie on 17. He played two holes at 6-over, then the next three at 4-under. It was one heck of a rollercoaster by the young man, who is one of the game's future stars.

Phil Mickelson melts down, creating a perfect Benny Hill moment. He didn't wait until the 72nd hole this time, unlike his Winged Foot corporate tent moment, but when Phil flamed out in the final round of The Masters, he did so in spectacular fashion on No. 4.

He could've hit a second tee shot. He should've hit a second tee shot. Instead, Phil followed his shot into the bushes at Augusta National, going where no man has gone before. He played a shot right-handed -- a shot that went about two feet. He played another shot right-handed, this time almost taking out a camera man. With a clear shot to the green, his fourth shot went straight into the bunker.

Only one thing left to do: Benny Hill time.

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