Bubba Watson became just the third left-handed winner of the Masters after beating Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff

Bubba Watson needed an incredible shot from a bed of pine needles on the second playoff hole to beat Louis Oosthuizen to the Masters title.

The left-handed American won his first Major title after parring the second playoff hole, the par-four 10th, where Oosthuizen failed to get up-and-down after his second shot ended up short of the green.

Exciting finish to the Masters

Both players went well right off the tee, the South African had the advantage though after a very lucky bounce off a tree meant his second shot was from just off the fairway, but he left his approach shot short.

Watson was not so fortunate and ended up deep in the trees – he had an avenue to hit out of the trees, but it was a bit left of the green. The American grabbed his lob wedge and played an exquisite high draw around the trees for his ball to finish 10 feet from the hole

After Oosthuizen had chipped 15 feet past the pin and narrowly missed his par putt, Watson had two putts to earn the Green Jacket.

"I never got this far in my dreams," Watson said.

"I got in these trees, hit a crazy shot that I saw in my head and somehow I'm here talking to you with a green jacket on.

"It's a blessing," Watson added, after become just the third left-handed winner of the Masters behind Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006 and 2010) and Canadian Mike Weir (2003).

Asked to explain how he had pulled off his stunning approach on the second playoff hole, Watson replied: "I had a good lie, had a gap where I had to hook it 40 yards or something.

"I'm pretty good at hooking it, so I just hooked it up there and somehow it nestled close to the hole."

By the end there was a sense that both men deserved to win the tournament, so it is hard to begrudge Watson for his win, but it would have been great to see Charl Schwartzel putting a Green Jacket on Louis – and imagining what he would do for the Champions dinner.

"We had a great day," Oosthuizen said. "It's fine, he had an unbelievable shot there. I played well, but great stuff from him and he deserves it."

The fourth albatros in Masters history

Earlier on in the final round, Louis grabbed the lead with a stunning albatross on the par-five second hole, the first ever on the second; only the fourth in Masters history and the first to be caught on camera.

He ended with a 3-under 69 to finish 10-under for the tournament. Watson, playing catch-up, drew level with Oosthuizen after an incredible run of four birdies from the 13th hole on his way to a 4-under 68.

World No 3 Lee Westwood made a charge at the end with four birdies in his last six hole to shoot 68 and earn a share of third on eight under, with Phil Mickelson (72), Matt Kuchar (69) and overnight leader Peter Hanson (73).

Mickelson’s hopes for victory came to an abrupt end after a triple-bogey six on the par-three fourth.

Tiger Woods earned the worst finish in the Masters in his profession career after a final round 74 dropped him to 5-over and a share of 40th place – along with fellow tournament favourite Rory McIlroy.

Masters Official Scores
Player Score
Bubba Watson -10
Louis Oosthuizen -10
Lee Westwood -8
Matt Kuchar -8
Peter Hanson -8
Phil Mickelson -8
Ian Poulter -5
Adam Scott -4
Justin Rose -4
Padraig Harrington -4