2012 Masters Tournament

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2012 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 5–8, 2012
Location Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)
Statistics
Par 72
Length 7,435 yards (6,799 m)[1]
Field 95 players, 63 after cut
Cut 149 (+5)
Prize fund $8,000,000
6,124,726
Winner's share $1,440,000
€1,086,801
Champion
United States Bubba Watson
278 (–10), playoff

The 2012 Masters Tournament was the 76th Masters Tournament, held April 5–8 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.[2] Bubba Watson won the year's first major championship on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, defeating Louis Oosthuizen.[3] It was Watson's first major title and his fourth victory on the PGA Tour.[3] He was the eighth consecutive first-time major champion, and the 14th different winner in as many majors.[4][5]

Two pre-tournament favorites,[3][6] Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both finished at 293 (+5) in a tie for 40th place. Phil Mickelson was in the final pairing and in contention during the final round, but a triple-bogey six on the fourth hole knocked him back and he finished two strokes behind, in a four-way tie for third.[3] Bo Van Pelt posted the lowest round of the tournament with a 64 (–8) early on Sunday, which propelled him up the leaderboard 35 places to tie for 17th.

It was the first playoff in three years at the Masters; Ángel Cabrera won on the second extra hole in 2009.

Course[edit]

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Tea Olive 445 4 10 Camellia 495 4
2 Pink Dogwood 575 5 11 White Dogwood 505 4
3 Flowering Peach 350 4 12 Golden Bell 155 3
4 Flowering Crab Apple 240 3 13 Azalea 510 5
5 Magnolia 455 4 14 Chinese Fir 440 4
6 Juniper 180 3 15 Firethorn 530 5
7 Pampas 450 4 16 Redbud 170 3
8 Yellow Jasmine 570 5 17 Nandina 440 4
9 Carolina Cherry 460 4 18 Holly 465 4
Out 3,725 36 In 3,710 36
Source:[1] Total 7,435 72

Field[edit]

The Masters has the smallest field of the four major championships. Officially, the Masters remains an invitation event, but there is a set of qualifying criteria that determines who is included in the field.[7] Each player is classified according to the first category by which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.

Golfers who qualify based solely on their performance in amateur tournaments (categories 6–10) must remain amateurs on the starting day of the tournament to be eligible to play.

Three players were appearing in their first major: Kelly Kraft, Corbin Mills and Randal Lewis. Twelve others were appearing in their first Masters: Keegan Bradley, Patrick Cantlay, Bryden Macpherson, Kevin Chappell, Robert Garrigus, Webb Simpson, Harrison Frazar, Kyle Stanley, Scott Stallings, Brendan Steele, Bae Sang-moon and Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño.[8]

Notable absences included Mark O'Meara (injured), Ernie Els and Retief Goosen (not ranked high enough). O'Meara had appeared in the previous 27 Masters, Els in the previous 18, and Goosen in the previous 12. (Els would win the Open Championship in July to ensure an invitation to the next five Masters.)

1. Past Masters Champions
Ángel Cabrera (2,11), Fred Couples (11), Ben Crenshaw, Trevor Immelman (11), Zach Johnson (18,19), Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Phil Mickelson (13,15,16,17,18,19), Larry Mize, José María Olazábal, Charl Schwartzel (11,15,18,19), Vijay Singh (15,17), Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Mike Weir, Tiger Woods (2,4,11,16,18,19), Ian Woosnam

(Past champions not playing: Tommy Aaron, Jack Burke, Jr., Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Nick Faldo, Raymond Floyd, Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Fuzzy Zoeller.)

2. Last five U.S. Open Champions
Lucas Glover (16), Graeme McDowell (18,19), Rory McIlroy (11,12,16,18,19)

3. Last five British Open Champions
Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke (13,18), Pádraig Harrington (4), Louis Oosthuizen (18,19)

4. Last five PGA Champions
Keegan Bradley (14,15,16,17,18,19), Martin Kaymer (18,19), Y. E. Yang (12,17,18,19)

5. Last three winners of The Players Championship
K. J. Choi (11,15,17,18,19), Tim Clark, Henrik Stenson

6. Top two finishers in the 2011 U.S. Amateur
Patrick Cantlay, Kelly Kraft

7. Winner of the 2011 Amateur Championship
Bryden Macpherson

8. Winner of the 2011 Asian Amateur
Hideki Matsuyama

9. Winner of the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links
Corbin Mills

10. Winner of the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Randal Lewis

11. The top 16 finishers and ties in the 2011 Masters Tournament
Jason Day (12,15,17,18,19), Luke Donald (15,16,17,18,19), Ross Fisher, Edoardo Molinari, Geoff Ogilvy (17,18,19), Ryan Palmer, Justin Rose (15,16,17,18,19), Adam Scott (15,16,17,18,19), Brandt Snedeker (15,16,17,18,19), Steve Stricker (15,16,17,18,19), Bo Van Pelt (15,17,18,19), Lee Westwood (12,18,19)

12. Top 8 finishers and ties in the 2011 U.S. Open
Kevin Chappell, Sergio García (18,19), Robert Garrigus, Peter Hanson (18,19)

13. Top 4 finishers and ties in the 2011 British Open Championship
Thomas Bjørn (18,19)

  • Dustin Johnson (15,16,17,18,19) withdrew with a back injury prior to the start of the tournament.[10]

14. Top 4 finishers and ties in the 2011 PGA Championship
Jason Dufner (15,17,18,19), Anders Hansen (18,19), Robert Karlsson (18,19), David Toms (15,16,17,18,19), Scott Verplank

15. Top 30 leaders on the 2011 PGA Tour official money earnings list
Aaron Baddeley (17,18,19), Jonathan Byrd (17), Bill Haas (16,17,18,19), Charles Howell III (17), Fredrik Jacobson (16,17,18,19), Matt Kuchar (17,18,19), Martin Laird (18,19), Hunter Mahan (16,17,18,19), Kevin Na, Rory Sabbatini, Webb Simpson (16,17,18,19), Nick Watney (16,17,18,19), Bubba Watson (16,17,18,19), Mark Wilson (16,17,19), Gary Woodland (17)

16. Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, between the 2011 Masters Tournament and the 2012 Masters Tournament
Harrison Frazar, Sean O'Hair, Scott Stallings, Kyle Stanley (19), Brendan Steele, Johnson Wagner

17. All players qualifying for the 2011 edition of The Tour Championship
Chez Reavie, John Senden (18,19)

18. Top 50 on the final 2011 Official World Golf Ranking list
Bae Sang-moon (19), Paul Casey (19), Simon Dyson (19), Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Rickie Fowler (19), Jim Furyk (19), Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Kim Kyung-tae (19), Francesco Molinari (19), Ian Poulter (19), Álvaro Quirós (19)

19. Top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking list on March 25, 2012
Ben Crane, Paul Lawrie

20. International invitees
Ryo Ishikawa[11]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Phil Mickelson  United States 2004, 2006, 2010 74 68 66 72 280 −8 T3
Fred Couples  United States 1992 72 67 75 72 286 −2 T12
Vijay Singh  Fiji 2000 70 72 76 72 290 +2 T27
Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 2009 71 78 71 71 291 +3 T32
Zach Johnson  United States 2007 70 74 75 72 291 +3 T32
Tiger Woods  United States 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 72 75 72 74 293 +5 T40
Charl Schwartzel  South Africa 2011 72 75 75 74 296 +8 T50
Trevor Immelman  South Africa 2008 78 71 76 76 301 +13 60

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
José María Olazábal  Spain 1994, 1999 75 76 151 +7
Larry Mize  United States 1987 76 75 151 +7
Mike Weir  Canada 2003 72 79 151 +7
Tom Watson  United States 1977, 1981 77 74 151 +7
Bernhard Langer  Germany 1985, 1993 72 80 152 +8
Ian Woosnam  Wales 1991 77 77 154 +10
Ben Crenshaw  United States 1984, 1995 76 83 159 +15
Craig Stadler  United States 1982 81 82 163 +19
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1988 86 78 164 +20

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 5, 2012 [12]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Westwood  England 67 –5
T2 Peter Hanson  Sweden 68 –4
Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa
T4 Ben Crane  United States 69 –3
Jason Dufner  United States
Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain
Paul Lawrie  Scotland
Francesco Molinari  Italy
Bubba Watson  United States
T10 Jim Furyk  United States 70 –2
Zach Johnson  United States
Vijay Singh  Fiji
Scott Stallings  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 6, 2012 [13]

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Fred Couples  United States 72-67=139 –5
Jason Dufner  United States 69-70=139
T3 Sergio García  Spain 72-68=140 –4
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 71-69=140
Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 68-72=140
Bubba Watson  United States 69-71=140
Lee Westwood  England 67-73=140
T8 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 69-72=141 –3
Matt Kuchar  United States 71-70=141
Paul Lawrie  Scotland 69-72=141

Amateurs: Matsuyama (+1), Cantlay (+5), Kraft (+5), Macpherson (+9), Mills (+11), Lewis (+20).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 7, 2012[14]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Peter Hanson  Sweden 68-74-65=207 –9
2 Phil Mickelson  United States 74-68-66=208 –8
3 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 68-72-69=209 –7
4 Bubba Watson  United States 69-71-70=210 –6
5 Matt Kuchar  United States 71-70-70=211 –5
T6 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 71-73-68=212 –4
Hunter Mahan  United States 72-72-68=212
Henrik Stenson  Sweden 71-71-70=212
Lee Westwood  England 67-73-72=212
10 Paul Lawrie  Scotland 69-72-72=213 –3

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 8, 2012

For the third time in seven years, the Masters concluded on Easter Sunday. The leaderboard was active, as four different players held at least a share of the lead during the final round. Louis Oosthuizen charged into the lead at the second hole with a double eagle two on the par-5. It was only the fourth double eagle in Masters history and the first-ever on the second hole. The final pairing faltered: 54-hole leader Peter Hanson never got it going, with three bogeys before he carded his first birdie at the 15th hole. Three holes earlier, Hanson shanked his tee shot on the par-3 12th short of the water, bogeyed, and fell from contention. On the front nine, three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson pushed his tee shot left at the par-3 fourth and it caromed off a greenside grandstand. He made his second triple bogey of the week and came up two shots short of the playoff.[3]

In the end, it came down to a three player race between Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson, and Matt Kuchar. Kuchar hit his approach at the 15th hole to three feet (0.9 m) and eagled to temporarily tie Oosthuizen at –9, but followed it with a bogey at the par-3 16th hole and finished two strokes back, in the four-way tie for third. After Watson made a two at the 16th for his fourth consecutive birdie, he was tied at the top with Oosthuizen at –10. Playing together in the penultimate pairing, both parred the 17th hole and were on the green in regulation at the uphill 18th. Oosthuizen missed a 35-foot (11 m) birdie putt from the back shelf and Watson had 25 feet (8 m) feet for his first major, but he missed the putt to the right. After Watson tapped in, Oosthuizen holed his four-footer (1.2 m) to force a sudden death playoff.[15]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 68-72-69-69=278 –10 Playoff
Bubba Watson  United States 69-71-70-68=278
T3 Peter Hanson  Sweden 68-74-65-73=280 –8 384,000
Matt Kuchar  United States 71-70-70-69=280
Phil Mickelson  United States 74-68-66-72=280
Lee Westwood  England 67-73-72-68=280
7 Ian Poulter  England 72-72-70-69=283 –5 268,000
T8 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 71-73-68-72=284 –4 232,000
Justin Rose  England 72-72-72-68=284
Adam Scott  Australia 75-70-73-66=284

Amateurs: Cantlay (+7), Matsuyama (+8), Kraft (+18).

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9    10   11   12   13   14  15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4
South Africa Oosthuizen –7 –10 –10 –9 –9 –9 –9 –9 –9 –8 –8 –8 –9 –9 –10 –10 –10 –10
United States Watson –5 –6 –6 –6 –7 –7 –7 –7 –7 –7 –7 –6 –7 –8 –9 –10 –10 –10
Sweden Hanson –8 –8 –7 –7 –7 –7 –7 –7 –7 –7 –7 –6 –6 –6 –7 –7 –7 –8
United States Mickelson –8 –8 –8 –5 –5 –5 –5 –6 –6 –6 –6 –6 –7 –7 –8 –8 –8 –8

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[16]

Playoff[edit]

The sudden death playoff started at the par-4 18th hole, where both players hit the fairway and green, and similar to the final round, Bubba Watson was closer to the pin than Louis Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen narrowly missed his 18-foot (5.5 m) birdie effort which gave Watson another opportunity to secure the title. Watson's putt from 16 feet (5 m) was low the entire way, and after both players tapped in to tie they headed to the next tee at the downhill par-4 10th hole. Both players hit poor drives to the right, and Oosthuizen's second shot ended up short of the green. The left-handed Watson, playing from the pine straw deep in the woods, hooked his approach shot nearly 90 degrees to within 10 feet (3 m) of the hole. Oosthuizen then chipped to the back of the green and narrowly missed his par putt to give Watson two putts to win. He lagged his first to a foot (0.3 m) and tapped in to become the Masters Champion.[17][18]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bubba Watson  United States 4-4=8 E 1,440,000
2 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 4-5=9 +1 864,000

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Preceded by
2011 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
2012 U.S. Open

Coordinates: 33°30′11″N 82°01′12″W / 33.503°N 82.020°W / 33.503; -82.020