AUGUSTA, Ga.-- Bubba Watson's tears flowed Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club, the sobs shaking his shoulders.
Not because he imagined a sweeping hook from the trees and delivered the shot under the pressure of a major championship playoff. Not because he overcame four shots Sunday at the Masters to earn his first major and fourth professional victory.
The tears fell on Easter for a new son, a loving wife and the memory of a father.
"This day means so much more than putting on this green jacket," Watson said.
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Watson's 68 on Sunday was good enough to earn a playoff at 10-under par with South African Louis Oosthuizen, who shook the pines early Sunday with the first double eagle at No. 2. Watson's run to the playoff included four consecutive birdies after he dropped a shot at the par-3 12th.
Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, considered the overwhelming favorite after shooting himself into contention Saturday, couldn't muster the same magic Sunday. He shot even-par 72 and settled for a tie for third, joining Swede Peter Hanson and Matt Kuchar as those who couldn't squeeze into the playoff.
On the second playoff hole, the par-4 10th, Watson drove right, into the trees.
"If you can see it, you can hit it," Watson's caddie, Ted Scott, said, repeating an adage Watson told him when the pair began working together.
Watson couldn't see the flag. But he closed down a gap wedge, imagining the flight of the ball by using the parted spectators as a guide, and shook the bowl housing the 10th green when his shot emerged from the trees and found the green. Oosthuizen made bogey after mishitting his drive and leaving his 5-iron approach short of the green.
Watson tapped in for par and broke down. A professed born-again Christian, Watson won on Easter less than a month after he and his wife, Angie, adopted their baby boy, Caleb.
Angie wasn't in Augusta to watch the victory. Caleb can't leave Bubba's native Florida until the adoption is finalized. But she sent her husband pictures and told him their son was watching Dad's interviews on television. Bubba planned to catch a plane Sunday night to the home the family is leasing in Isleworth.
It was in Florida the adoption process hit a snag.
On Monday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Watsons were told their adoption had fallen through. A surprise phone call Tuesday raised another opportunity, and Caleb's adoption was set in motion. The four-year process was almost over.
The victory Sunday reminded many of another emotional win in Augusta. Mickelson won his third green jacket in 2010 while his wife and mother battled breast cancer.
Watson likened himself Sunday to fellow lefty Mickelson. His go-for-broke style and escapes from trees at No. 17 and the playoff were Phil 2.0.
"I attack; I always attack," Watson said. "I don't like to go to the center of the greens. I want to hit the incredible shot. Who doesn't?"
Mickelson declared his love again Saturday for this place but couldn't capitalize on his vast knowledge of the course, coming unglued Sunday with a triple bogey at the par-3 fourth. Mickelson and Hanson talked of joining the roars while walking down the 10th fairway.
But the putts didn't fall.
"Third place," Mickelson said. "That's not what I was hoping for."
Said Hanson, the third-round leader who slipped with a 1-over 73: "Under pressure, you kind of see your weakness. And I guess my weakness is my putting."
Defending champion Charl Schwartzel, a South African, said outside the clubhouse that countryman Oosthuizen was dialed in, unstoppable. And the 2010 British Open champion did his part early to reinforce the words, landing his 4-iron on No. 2 on the front edge of the green and watching it roll the length of the green and drop for the first albatross on the hole, the fourth in Masters history.
But Oosthuizen said the high shook him for several holes. He didn't make another birdie until No. 13.
Oosthuizen praised his playing partner and playoff opponent.
"I mean, it's great knowing you almost have every little shot there is," Oosthuizen said. "That's really entertaining to play with him, to see the shots that he's taking on and shots that I don't really see or I would ever hit."
Watson, who earned $1.44 million with the Masters victory, said he had not yet learned to change a diaper, instead relying on Angie, who told Bubba on the couples' first date she wasn't able to have children and would have to adopt when the time came. The adoption and major victory came 18 months after Bubba's father, Gerry, died of throat cancer.
A few years ago, Watson might not have handled all the swings, at least not on the golf course. He received a gut check from friends and family about his poor attitude on the course, telling him he wasn't a shining example of the Christianity he claimed.
His turnaround complete, Watson said he hadn't imagined slipping on the green jacket.
"I've never had a dream go this far," Watson said. "So I can't really say it's a dream come true."