Watson wins first Major

Updated: April 9, 2012

An emotional Bubba Watson claimed his first major victory at the Masters on Sunday, beating Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off.

It was another tense and thrilling final day at Augusta National as several challengers stood up to be counted, but ultimately it was the 33-year-old American who outlasted the rest, reeling off four consecutive birdies on the back nine, just as Charl Schwartzel did last year – to first catch Oosthuizen and then best him on the second hole of a sudden death play-off.

The duo finished tied on 10 under par before heading to the first extra hole, Oosthuizen after a 69 and Watson a 68, two shots clear of Lee Westwood (68), Matt Kuchar (69), Phil Mickelson (72) and overnight leader Peter Hanson (73).

Pre tournament favourites Rory McIlroy, and Tiger Woods finished on +5, surely a result they will want to forget.