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AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Masters tournament involves approximately 100 players taking a total of around 20,000 strokes. But in the end, it came down to just two: Louis Oosthuizen's astonishing albatross on No. 2, and Bubba Watson's ungodly pop-fly wedge shot from the woods on the second hole of a playoff. Both shots are now part of Masters lore, but only one man won a green jacket.
The Masters that began with so many players finished up with just two, Oosthuizen and Watson, in a sudden-death playoff. Both players got good looks at a birdie on 18, with Watson barely missing a Masters-winning putt. Possibly rattled by that, Watson stuck his tee shot on No. 10 into the deep woods right of the green, but then uncorked a shot not even a video-game player could imagine: a straight-up wedge that landed within 15 feet for birdie. Needing two shots to win, Watson put his first putt close then tapped in his second for his first major win.
Oosthuizen played a largely undistinguished round of golf, with one notable exception: a 3-under double eagle on the second hole that surely ranks as one of the greatest shots in Masters history. The 260-yard shot was enough to keep the field at bay for most of the round, and enough to give Oosthuizen a little room to waver through the course of the round. He steadied himself on the back nine, bringing home the same -10 that he'd staked himself to on the second hole.
Once again, Watson found himself in a playoff for a major championship. In 2010, he fell to Martin Kaymer in the PGA Championship. This year, there would be no such fade.
The conventional wisdom was that Watson would either shoot in the low 60s or the high 70s, no middle ground. And indeed, he seemed on the verge of losing control right from the start, griping at the air en route to bogeying the very first hole. Read More
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The best golf in Central Florida is found at Imperial Lakes Country Club. Opened in 1975, our 18-hole championship course was designed by renowned golf course architect Ron Garl. Lush, rolling fairways weave throughout undulating landscape, which is surrounded by serene lakes and native vegetation. Imperial Lakes is a traditional golf course that never gets old.
A design characteristic setting Imperial Lakes Country Club apart from so many other Florida Golf courses is it flowing layout and majestic trees. Spread over 190 acres, this course offers scenic views and exciting golf. In typical Ron Garl style, the course’s lakes and bunkers meet it tree-lined fairways with little obstruction. Offering a course that is both challenging and fair to golfers of all playing abilities. Imperial Lakes features Tiff Dwarf greens producing the highest quality putting surfaces in Central Florida.
2012 PGA Tour TV Schedule
Apr. 5-8:The Masters (ESPN/CBS) Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA
Apr. 12-15: RBC Heritage (GOLF/CBS)
Apr. 19-22: Valero Texas Open (GOLF/CBS)
Apr. 26-29: Zurich Classic of New Orleans (GOLF/CBS)
May 3-6: Wells Fargo Championship (GOLF/CBS)
May 10-13: THE PLAYERS Championship (GOLF/NBC) May 17-20: HP Byron Nelson Championship (GOLF/CBS)
May 24-27: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (GOLF/CBS)
May 31-Jun. 3: The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance (GOLF/CBS)
Jun. 7-10: FedEx Jude Classic (GOLF/CBS)
Jun. 14-17: U.S. Open Championship (ESPN/NBC) Jun. 21-24: Travelers Championship (GOLF/CBS) Jun. 28-Jul. 1: AT&T National (GOLF/CBS)
Jul. 5-8: The Greenbrier Classic (GOLF/CBS
Jul. 12-15: John Deere Classic (GOLF/CBS
Jul. 19-22: The Open Championship (ESPN)
Jul. 19-22: True South Classic (GOLF) Jul. 26-29: RBC Canadian Open (GOLF/CBS)
Aug. 2-5: World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Aug. 2-5: Reno-Tahoe Open (GOLF)
Aug. 9-12: PGA Championship (TNT/CBS)
Aug. 16-19: Wyndham Championship (GOLF/CBS)
PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup
Aug. 23-26: The Barclays (GOLF/CBS)
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Deutsche Bank Championship (GOLF/NBC)
Sept. 6-9: BMW Championship (GOLF/NBC)
Sept. 20-23: TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (GOLF/NBC) Featured events
Sept. 27-30: Ryder Cup (ESPN/NBC)
Sunday, Oct. 21: CIMB Asia Pacific Classic (GOLF)
Sunday, Oct. 28: World Golf Champinoships-HSBC Champions (GOLF) Fall Series
Oct. 4-7: Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Oct. 11-14: Frys.com Open (GOLF) Oct. 18-21: The McGladrey Classic (GOLF) Nov. 8-11: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
Hunter Mahan Wins for Second Time in 2012
If you took a minute to go down the list of Masters favorites prior to the Shell Houston Open, chances are you wouldn't have had Hunter Mahan in your top 10. That's not to say he wasn't a decent pick, but even with his win earlier this year in the desert at the Accenture Match Play, there was still a host of big names you would have picked before him. Guys with a major-championship pedigree and local Augusta National knowledge always top the list. But following his win on Sunday, the sweet-swinging Mahan appears to be peaking at just the right time, making him a legitimate pick to win not only his first major championship but also his first green jacket. Mahan, who started the day two shots back of Louis Oosthuizen, wasn't spectacular during the final round, only carding a 1-under 71 on a day when conditions appeared to be absolutely perfect. But unlike a number of the guys near the top, Mahan stuck to his game plan and parred the field to death, stringing together eight straight to start his round before he birdied the ninth and 10th holes to move in front. From there he kept the damage to a minimum to pick up his second win of the season, becoming the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this year. Not only that, but also Mahan is now the top-ranked American in the Official World Golf Ranking with his victory.There used to be a point a couple years back when we wondered if Hunter Mahan had the chutzpah to be a truly great player. Sure, he had a couple of wins and a WGC victory, but every time he appeared to be on the verge of breaking out, he'd collapse on the weekend or go MIA for a handful of tournaments.The consistency and will to win was never there. But four months into the 2012 season, it's clear Mahan is a different player. The confidence and consistency is there, and the swing has never looked better under pressure-packed situations. It's gotten to the point now where it'd be crazy not to talk about Mahan as a favorite going into the Masters. When you've played as well as he has over the last couple of months, a green jacket doesn't seem out of the question.