Instead of leaving with the green jacket, Louis Oosthuizen will have to settle for an albatross.
Outdone in a playoff by perhaps the only shot more spectacular than his double eagle, Oosthuizen came up short to Bubba Watson at the Masters on Sunday night. Unable to see the flag, Watson managed to hook a wedge off the pine needles to 10 feet while the South African couldn't get up and down from in front of the green.
''It's fine,'' Oosthuizen said. ''He hit an unbelievable shot there. I played well. This is not one where I felt like I played badly. Great stuff to him, he deserves it.''
Though Oosthuizen had already won a major, he would not have been anyone's pick at the beginning of the week. His only victories since the 2010 British Open are the last two African Opens, and being a quiet, modest man who is happy on his farm, he tends to get overlooked in a sport where Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Phil Mickelson rock-star status.
But Oosthuizen has perhaps the purest swing in t...