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How the final round was played

*And the winner is: Bubba Watson, the former University of Georgia star, breaks into the ranks of major winners with a stirring victory over Louis Oosthuizen on the second playoff hole. Paint the town pink.

*In defense: Charl Schwartzel never shot worse than 71 in last year's victory. This time around he could do no better than a 72, that on Thursday. He carded 74 Sunday.

*Once every 77 years: Oosthuizen rocketed into the lead with the fourth double-eagle in Masters history and the first at No. 2. They called it the "Shot Heard Around the World" when champion Gene Sarazen made 2 at No. 15 in 1935, but tournament coverage was scant back then. How much noise could it have made? The other albatrosses were made by Bruce Devlin at No. 8 in 1967 and Jeff Maggert at No. 13 in 1994.

*Tiger pause: There was no consistency in his game whatsoever. He'd miss left. He'd miss right. The expectations were high, the results beyond disappointing. Sunday's 74 put Woods T40, his worst Masters finish as a pro.

*Low amateur: He was low amateur in last year's U.S. Open, and now he's done it at Augusta with a T47. Patrick Cantlay, 20, is the next force on the horizon.

*Stroll in the park: Bo Van Pelt looked good on paper after last year's T8. He finally looked good on the course in the final round, sizzling to a 64, his best tourney score by nine strokes.

*Wild weekend: Stewart Cink trimmed 12 shots off his Saturday 81, making five birdies in a round of 69. Adam Scott dove from Saturday's 73 to a 66.

*Out of sight: Second-round co-leader Jason Dufner finished 75-75 and T24.


Bo Van Pelt could have used his ace last year, when he came to No. 16 one shot off the lead. "Yeah that's exactly what I said to [Scott] Verplank. I was just one year late."

Luke Donald, No. 1 in the world and still without a major: "Well, I think regardless of ranking I should be contending. I feel like my game is good enough. Obviously my game was good enough to get me to No. 1. Obviously that's my focus in my career right now is to get myself into contention and win the big ones. It's always disappointing when I don't do it."

Sergio Garcia told the Spanish press Saturday he'll never win a major. He's not backing off that statement: "Do you think I lie when I talk? Everything I say, I say it because I feel it. If I didn't mean it, I couldn't stand here and lie like a lot of the guys do. If I felt like I could win, I would do it."

Phil Mickelson on his triple bogey at 4: "Nothing happened. I mean, tactically I hit that shot where I had to hit it, which is at the bunker. Anything left of the pin is fine. And the worst I would have made was 4, but unfortunately it hit the metal railing."

-- Bob DiCesare