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Oosthuizen hits albatross

Updated April 09, 2012 11:47:17 US Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen hit only the fourth albatross in US Masters history early on the final day.Oosthuizen’s double eagle was the first 2 ever recorded on the par-5 second hole.The albatross moved the South African from 7-under overnight to 10-under and, despite dropping shots at the fourth and tenth, he ended up on this score after birdies at the par-fives 13th and 15th.This would have been good enough to win the tournament had winner Bubba Watson not hit four consecutive birdies on the back nine to draw level with him before taking the green jacket on the second playoff hole.”You know, it was tough after that double eagle,” Oosthuizen said, referring to his tremendous four-iron from 253 yards at the 575-yard hole.”I mean, you know, when something like that happens early in your round, you think that this is it. That was my first double eagle ever.”So it was tough. It was tough the next five holes to just get my head around it and just play the course.”But I felt like I found my rhythm going down 11, and you know, played well in from there.”For the albatross, “Oosty” hit his approach from the middle of the fairway, watched it bounce onto the green, then roll down a slope and into the cup.The only prior albatrosses record at Augusta National came from Jeff Maggert on the 13th hole in the 1994 final round, Bruce Devlin at the eighth in 1967′s first round and Gene Sarazen in the final round of the second Masters in 1935.AFP First posted April 09, 2012 06:24:04

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