2012 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 5–8, 2012|
|Location||Augusta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||7,435 yards (6,799 m)|
|Field||95 players, 63 after cut|
|278 (–10), playoff|
The 2012 Masters Tournament was the 76th Masters Tournament, held April 5–8 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Bubba Watson won the year's first major championship on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, defeating Louis Oosthuizen. It was Watson's first major title and his fourth victory on the PGA Tour. He was the eighth consecutive first-time major champion, and the 14th different winner in as many majors.
Two pre-tournament favorites, 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. 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.
|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|
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. 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.
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
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)
- Dustin Johnson (15,16,17,18,19) withdrew with a back injury prior to the start of the tournament.
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
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)
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|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|
|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
|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|
|Tom Watson||United States||1977, 1981||77||74||151||+7|
|Bernhard Langer||Germany||1985, 1993||72||80||152||+8|
|Ben Crenshaw||United States||1984, 1995||76||83||159||+15|
|Craig Stadler||United States||1982||81||82||163||+19|
Thursday, April 5, 2012 
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa|
|T4||Ben Crane||United States||69||–3|
|Jason Dufner||United States|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain|
|Bubba Watson||United States|
|T10||Jim Furyk||United States||70||–2|
|Zach Johnson||United States|
|Scott Stallings||United States|
Friday, April 6, 2012 
|T1||Fred Couples||United States||72-67=139||–5|
|Jason Dufner||United States||69-70=139|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||71-69=140|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||68-72=140|
|Bubba Watson||United States||69-71=140|
|T8||Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||69-72=141||–3|
|Matt Kuchar||United States||71-70=141|
Saturday, April 7, 2012
|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|
|Hunter Mahan||United States||72-72-68=212|
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.
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.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|T1||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||68-72-69-69=278||–10||Playoff|
|Bubba Watson||United States||69-71-70-68=278|
|Matt Kuchar||United States||71-70-70-69=280|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||74-68-66-72=280|
Amateurs: Cantlay (+7), Matsuyama (+8), Kraft (+18).
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
The sudden death playoff started at the par-4 18th hole, where both players hit the fairway and green, and similar to the final round, Bubba Watson was closer to the pin than Louis Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen narrowly missed his 18-foot (5.5 m) birdie effort which gave Watson another opportunity to secure the title. Watson's putt from 16 feet (5 m) was low the entire way, and after both players tapped in to tie they headed to the next tee at the downhill par-4 10th hole. Both players hit poor drives to the right, and Oosthuizen's second shot ended up short of the green. The left-handed Watson, playing from the pine straw deep in the woods, hooked his approach shot nearly 90 degrees to within 10 feet (3 m) of the hole. Oosthuizen then chipped to the back of the green and narrowly missed his par putt to give Watson two putts to win. He lagged his first to a foot (0.3 m) and tapped in to become the Masters Champion.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|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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2011 PGA Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
2012 U.S. Open