AUGUSTA, Ga. – Most Masters champions have a shot that defines the victory.
Bubba Watson’s crazy hooked wedge shot in the playoff two years ago, Phil Mickelson’s shot off the pine straw, Tiger Woods’ chip-in on 16 in 2005… you get the picture.
Well, Watson will have two shots that will be long remembered from this victory – the monstrous drive on the par-5 13th and the approach shot through the trees on the par-5 15th hole.
“His drive on 13, I’ll never forget,” said Jordan Spieth, who played alongside Watson. “I thought that it was out of bounds 70 yards left and it was perfect.”
Watson stood on the 13th tee with a two-shot lead and swung for the fences with a huge sweeping slice that clipped a tree and went 366 yards. He hit a 56-degree sand wedge into the green and two-putted for birdie.
The drive was Bubba Golf at its finest.
“I knew it, when I took off, it was cutting a little too much,” Watson said. “Obviously, when you get a roar on your tee shot, you know it’s pretty good.”
Watson’s tee shot on 15 landed left and he seemingly had tree trouble. But he hit a low, choked-down 6-iron that cut a little too much and jumped over the back of the green. Still, the shot was ridiculously risky for a man with a three-shot lead at the time.
“I was thinking about hitting the 8-iron up the gap and I told my caddie, I said, ‘I’m not going to do that to you. You tell me what to do. If you want me to lay up, I’ll lay up,’ ” Watson said.
“I was trying to hit it in the bunker, the worst spot would be in the bunker and that’s where I was trying to hit it. But you know, I wanted to get a little closer to the pin, and so I cut it a little bit without telling my caddie I was going to do that.”
Watson failed to get up and down from behind the green and made par, but it was enough to hold the three-shot lead with three holes remaining.