Watson poised for another memorable Masters

Thu Apr 3, 2014 4:17pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Bubba Watson has been making memories at the Masters the last two years and the long-hitting left-hander could be poised to provide another lasting image at Augusta National next week.

Two years ago, the mercurial American produced one of the most amazing recovery shots in major championship golf to win the coveted green jacket in a sudden-death playoff.

Rival players and club members have been making a pilgrimage to the spot where Watson played his miracle shot.

Deep in the trees to the right of the 10th fairway, Watson hooked a shot from the pine straw that went almost 90 degrees on to an elevated green.

As the galleries roared in amazement, his ball came to rest 10 feet from the cup where he safely two-putted for a par that sealed his victory over Louis Oosthuizen.

Last year, Watson made a splash of another sort as he rinsed his ball three times in Rae's Creek at the par-three 12th hole for a one-putt 10 in a final-round portrait of futility that summed up his 50th-place finish.

"If you're not going to win, you've got to get in the record books somehow," he joked after his final-round 77 last year.

Now, it could be time for Watson to flip the switch and write another happy ending.   Continued...

Mar 9, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Bubba Watson walks to the 18th tee during the final round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports