Bubba Watson waves after putting on the green jacket following his win Sunday at the Masters golf tournament. At right is 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. (David J. Phillip / AP)
Bubba Watson waves after putting on the green jacket following his win Sunday at the Masters golf tournament. At right is 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. (David J. Phillip / AP)

BY ERIC ELY, Guest Writer

AUGUSTA, Ga. – American Gerry “Bubba” Watson could barely hold back his emotion when he sank the final putt at Augusta to win the 2012 Masters.

He reached down to grab his ball out of the cup when his tears and happiness started to emerge. Watson immediately started to cry when he hugged his caddy after winning his first PGA major of his career.

He defeated South African Louis Oosthuizen on the second playoff hole to clinch the victory. Watson battled back to force a playoff by birding four consecutive holes, 13-16.

For a player who has never taken a single golf lesson in his life, it is quite an accomplishment. He hit an incredible snap-hook wedge around the trees on the last playoff hole to set himself up for the win.

Watson finished the tournament at 10 under par and joins two other left-handed champions at Augusta, Mike Weir and Phil Mickelson. Fellow players Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane, and Aaron Badds greeted Watson with hugs at the final green.

Watson earned the first spot in PGA Grand Slam field and is currently second in the FedExCup standings.

The next PGA major event will take place at the U.S. Open on June 14.