AUGUSTA, GA – It’s Easter Sunday at Augusta National and someone will win a green jacket this afternoon.
Sweden’s Peter Hanson has the lead heading into Sunday’s final round at nine-under par through 54 holes. Lurking one shot back after carding a 30 on yesterday’s second nine is three-time Masters champ Phil Mickelson, who looks to join Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only men with four or more Masters wins.
Our guys on the course: Bob Papa and Charlie Rymer in the tower at 18, Brian Katrek at 4 and 17, Kevin Kugler at 8, Mark Carnevale at Amen Corner, Jim Gray at 15/16, John Tautges with leader board updates and Mark Malone doing post-round interviews.
7:39 PM ET: Bubba Watson is your 2012 Masters champion.
(Bubba Watson wins the 76th Masters)
7:18 PM ET: And off we go to a second playoff hole. Oosthuizen first barely misses a 20-footer for birdie and then Watson misses from about 6 feet and the duo head to 10.
6:56 PM ET: Both Watson and Oosthuizen post 10-under par after two-putting 18. Once Phil and Peter Hanson finish up, we’ll have a two-man playoff to decide the 2012 Masters.
(Oosthuizen’s par save at the 18th)
6:45 PM ET: After a birdie at 16, Bubba ties Louis at the top of the leader board. The pair, playing together, both par the 17th and now they’ll each have lengthy birdie putts at 18.
6:15 PM ET: And just like that, Oosthuizen is back in sole possession of the lead. Louis birdies at 15, while Kuchar bogies to drop to -8. Bubba Watson also birdies 15 and he’s now at -9.
(Oosthuizen’s birdie at the 15th)
6:05 PM ET: Matt Kuchar hits it close at 15 and he nails the eagle putt to get into a share of the lead at -9.
(Matt Kuchar’s approach at 15)
5:45 PM ET: Bubba Watson birdies 13 and now he’s one shot off the lead at -7. Until… about thirty seconds later when Oosthuizen makes birdie right after Bubba to get to -9 for the tournament.
5:35 PM ET: Lee Westwood misses a five-footer at 15 that would’ve given him a share of the lead, but he taps in for birdie and gets to -7, one shot behind Louis Oosthuizen.
5:25 PM ET: Bubba Watson makes bogey at the 12th to drop back to -6.
5:10 PM ET: Oosthuizen bogies the 10th to move back to -8. Watson and Hanson are one shot back at -7. Westwood, Kuchar and Mickelson are all at -6.
4:30 PM ET: Mickelson birdies the 8th to get back to -6.
(Phil’s birdie at the 8th hole)
3:55 PM ET: Oosthuizen saves par at the 6th, so our leader board looks like this: Oosthuizen (-9), Watson (-7), Hanson (-7), Harrington (-6), Kuchar (-6) and Mickelson (-5).
(Oosthuizen’s par putt at the 6th hole)
3:44 PM ET: Phil Mickelson gets himself into serious trouble on the 4th after an errant tee shot. Phil ends up hacking twice to get his ball out from behind some bamboo. His fourth shot is short and ends up in the bunker. Lefty gets up and down from there but he’ll card a 6 and drop four shots off the lead.
(Mickelson’s tee shot at the fourth)
3:29 PM ET: Oosthuizen bogeys the 4th to drop to -9 on the tournament. Meanwhile, Adam Scott has the day’s second hole-in-one at 16. He then follows that up with a birdie at 17 and Scott is -4 playing the 18th.
3:14 PM ET: Oosthuizen saves par at the third to stay at -10.
2:58 PM ET: Louis Oosthuizen has just done something that’s only been seen at the Masters three times before. Oosthuizen moves to -10 on the day after a DOUBLE EAGLE at the par-five second hole. It is just the fourth double-eagle in Masters history and the first ever on the second hole.
2:50 PM ET: Our leaders are off the tee and Peter Hanson is in some trouble on the first. Mickelson has a 30-footer for birdie, but Hanson will be putting from off the green for his par.
2:23 PM ET: Bo Van Pelt spoke with Mark Malone after his spectacular round.
(Listen to Bo Van Pelt’s interview with Mark Malone)
1:55 PM ET: The leaders have yet to tee off today, but one golfer’s already gone very low. Bo Van Pelt has just finished off the low round of the tournament, firing a 64, including a hole-in-one at 16.
(Bo Van Pelt’s birdie putt at the 18th)
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