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Angie is watching the telecast at a rented home in Orlando with their only child, six-week-old Caleb.
Angie: We were still finalizing the adoption, and because of Florida law Caleb wasn't allowed to leave the state. Bubba had only spent two days with him before it was time for him to go to Augusta. It was hard for him to leave. He talked a few times about withdrawing, but I wouldn't let him. I said, "It's your favorite tournament, you love being there, just go play your best for your son." It was the hardest goodbye we've ever had.
Watson, who led Georgia to the SEC championship in 2000, birdies 14, 15 and 16 to tie Oosthuizen for the lead.
Oosthuizen: The atmosphere was tremendous. Bubba is going to be popular wherever he plays, but especially around there. The noise was so great, there were times I could feel it in my chest. You always dream of what it would feel like to come down the closing holes at Augusta with a chance to win. It was even more exciting than you can imagine.
Still tied on the 72nd hole, Oosthuizen flies his adrenaline-fueled approach shot to the upper tier of the green, and his long, downhill birdie putt trickles six feet past the hole. Watson now has a 20-footer to win the Masters.
Nantz: I set the stage for that ball to go in the hole. I was feeling it! We have seen so many dramatic putts made on that green. When Bubba missed, it was impossible not to feel a little sense of letdown.
Watson: It was pretty much the same putt Mark O'Meara had [in 1998]. I thought I knew the break, but it stayed a little high. But [Oosthuizen] still had a tough putt for par, so the last thing I want to do is run my putt too far past. I was trying to make it, but in the back of my mind I'm thinking, Just leave a tap-in.
With the Masters hanging in the balance, Oosthuizen holes his par putt, setting up sudden death. Watson's closest friends on Tour—Aaron Baddeley, Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler—decide to watch the playoff in person.
Crane: I know when I've won and had friends out there with me, it means the world. It's so cool to have your friends share it with you. Rickie and I were in the caddie room watching TV with our caddies. He was in street clothes and I was still in my golf clothes, and I say, "Hey, Rick, if this happens, you might want to go and change real quick." All of a sudden he came back and he's in golf clothes.