Live Blog: Final Round of the Masters Tournament

By: Kara Apel Email
By: Kara Apel Email

Sunday, April 8, 2012

11 a.m.

It's Masters Sunday and in a few hours, we'll all know who the next golfer to put on that legendary green jacket will be.

Phil Mickelson had a great day on the course yesterday, particularly on the back nine, and is currently in second place. Mickelson is one stroke behind Peter Hanson, who shot a 7-under-par 65 yesterday.

Notable pairings and tee times for today:

  • Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh -- 11:30 a.m.
  • Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell -- Noon
  • Sergio Garcia and Webb Simpson -- 12:40 p.m.
  • Jason Dufner and Fred Couples -- 1:20 p.m.
  • Lee Westwood and Paul Lawrie -- 2 p.m.
  • Padraig Harrington and Henrik Stenson -- 2:10 p.m.
  • Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan -- 2:20 p.m.
  • Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson -- 2:30 p.m.
  • Peter Hanson and Phil Mickelson -- 2:40 p.m.

To keep up with the leader board, click here.

3:30 p.m.

Some great moments this afternoon at the Masters!

First thing to mention is Louis Oosthuizen's double eagle at No. 2. His is the first double eagle at the second hole in the history of the Masters Tournament. His is said to be the fourth-ever albatross on the property.

Another highlight: Adam Scott hit an ace on No. 16 -- bringing him to 3-under for the tournament.

Phil Mickelson and Scott Hanson, leaders at the time, teed off at 2:40 p.m. amid cheers from many patrons. Patrons got there early to see the leaders and many are following this pair around the course all day.

4:30 p.m.

This just in: Patrick Cantlay has won Low Amateur honors at the Masters. He shot 7-over during the tournament.

The other amateurs who made the cut, Hideki Matsuyama and Kelly Kraft, shot 9-over and 18-over respectively.

4:45 p.m.

While we wait to see who will be the one to put on the green jacket later today, patrons, golfers and members enjoyed the beautiful weather at Augusta National during the last day of the tournament.

Finally got to take a picture of the famous Magnolia Lane.

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These seats on the 18th hole might be empty now, but come time for the last few pairs, the place will be packed!

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Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell finish the 18th hole. Although he was an early favorite, McIlroy finished 5-over for the tournament.

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Rickie Fowler on the 10th hole.

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A "mini" Rickie Fowler watches him tee off on the 10th hole.

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Ian Poulter tees off. Check out those shoes!

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Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar talk with their caddies before teeing off at 2:20 p.m.

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Louis Oosthuizen tees off on the first hole. He made the first-ever eagle on the second hole minutes afterward.

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Bubba Watson tees off at 2:30 p.m.

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Patrons lined the first hole to cheer Bubba on.

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Peter Hanson tees off as Phil Mickelson looks on.

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Phil Mickelson takes a few practice swings.

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Phil Mickelson looks down the fairway to see how far he hit the ball.

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Phil Mickelson smiles after teeing off.

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Hundreds of patrons power walk (not run) to get to the putting green to watch Phil Mickelson after he teed off.

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Martin Kaymer and last year's Champion Charl Schwartzel on the 9th hole.

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Met this group of guys who had quite the statement outfits today at the Masters -- five of them are from Switzerland, one is from Thailand. When I asked them why they decided to wear these loud outfits, they said they just really liked the colors.

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These patrons from Raleigh enjoyed their day at the course.

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Patrons rearranged to let this young fan get a first row view of the action along the first fairway.

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No chair? No problem! These patrons sat on the grass along the 10th hole.

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Patrons line up to take their pictures in front of the clubhouse.

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Patrons and members enjoy lunch at the clubhouse.

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The infamous cabins Rory came so close to along the 10th hole last year.

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The weather is PERFECT for Masters Sunday.

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9:20 p.m.

It's been a long day -- and a long week -- of golf, but we finally have a winner. Bubba Watson was crowned the 2012 Masters champion after a playoff round with Louis Oosthuizen Sunday evening.

Here's how we got to the end of the Masters Tournament.

Ben Crane and Nick Watney leave the 18th hole after finishing their round.

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Fredrik Jacobson and Sean O'Hair take on the 18th hole.

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Ian Poulter stares down his shot on No. 18.

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Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson climb up the 18th fairway.

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Matt Kuchar, a crowd favorite, and Hunter Mahan finish up the 18th hole.

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The crowd lines the 18th hole, waiting to watch Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen. At this point, both are 10-under.

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Oosthuizen figures out his shot while Bubba looks on.

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Oosthuizen picks up his ball after shooting par.

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Bubba also gets par, and the two realize they're heading into a playoff round.

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No one is leaving their seats as they wait for Bubba and Oosthuizen to return to the 18th hole. But first we have to wait for Phil Mickelson and Peter Hanson.

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Here come Phil Mickelson and Peter Hanson, who led the pack after the third round, to finish up the 18th hole.

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And here is the completed leaderboard -- but we're headed into a playoff round.

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The balls both land close to the hole on No. 18, and the crowd goes wild.

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Bubba gets it in the 18th hole.

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Patrons and media members rush over to the 10th hole to catch all the action.

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Patrons wait on the 18th hole, asking the CBS cameramen what they know about what's going on. Nobody wants to leave the 18th hole in case the playoff comes back from the 10th to there.

This young patron begs for updates while waiting on the 18th hole.

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Some of the members of the media crouch over to see what's on the TV monitor.

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The suspense is killing everyone. What is going on?!

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The patrons are happy to hear that Bubba has won and share cheers of excitement.

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Patrons peek out of the windows in one of the cabins for a glimpse of Bubba before the ceremony.

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Although it's a little dark now, here comes Bubba, ready to get his hands on the green jacket. During the ceremony a "Go Dawgs!" cheer started -- Bubba is an alumni of the University of Georgia.

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Bubba emerges from the crowd, donning a green jacket.

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Bubba in his news conference after the ceremony.

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"I've never had a dream come this far," he said, his eyes still filled with disbelief that he had just won the Masters Tournament.

While he was excited to talk about golf, he was equally excited to talk about his newly-adopted son and getting home to his family. He said he was hopping on a plane tonight to get home as soon as possible -- but is not looking forward to learning how to change a diaper.

Bubba said winning was " a dream come true," but he is still very humble about his win and his career.

"Golf is not my everything," he said.

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