As usual, Masters full of surprises, excitement

Watson's playoff victory caps another memorable tournament

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The U.S. Open is where competitors grind out par after par after par after zzzzzz …

The Masters is about goose bumps, leaderboard charges and "Oh, my gosh!" moments.

Somehow, it never fails.

"A great golf course for great finishes," said Louis Oosthuizen, who walked off Sunday with a metaphorical silver medal. "It's an unbelievable place."

Champion Bubba Watson said of Augusta National: "It lays it out there for excitement."

That it does.

Who could believe all that we witnessed Sunday?

A 253-yard double eagle by Oosthuizen that lands short of the second green and then turns right, funneling toward the pin.

A four-shot swing in a matter of seconds after Oosthuizen soars from 7- to 10-under and Peter Hanson bogeys No. 1.

Lefty Phil Mickelson hitting it right-handed on No. 4. Twice.

A Bo Van Pelt tap-in eagle at 13. A Van Pelt ace on the 16th. A "1" for Adam Scott on the same hole.

A Hanson shank on 12 that lands short of Rae's Creek.

A Lee Westwood eagle putt on No. 15 that wraps around the cup.

A Matt Kuchar three-putt from 5 feet on No. 9.

A Kuchar eagle putt from miles away on 13 that almost finds the bottom of the cup.

A Rory McIlroy card with five bogeys and a double.

A seven-hole stretch by low amateur Patrick Cantlay that went like this: Bogey-birdie-quad-double-eagle (but not double eagle)-birdie-birdie.

A chip for eagle on 13 that hits the flag stick, practically leaving Oosthuizen in the "Tebowing" position.

A Hanson try that comes up short on 13, clanks off a rock in the hazard and bounces back to safe ground.

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