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Gary Player, three-time Masters champion and patriarch of South African golf: I firmly believe in a playoff you must be aggressive. You can think only of making birdies. But number 10 is a very difficult hole. Par there is usually a good score. So when a playoff goes to number 10, the psychology is interesting. Do you attack, or play conservatively?
Oosthuizen: The guy who goes first can put the pressure on, or he can take it off, so it wasn't a big thing to me that he went first.
Scott: That hole sets up perfectly for Bubba. He loves to hit that big cut around the corner. There was never any question he'd hit driver. He always does. He hits that fairway pretty much every time. I was shocked to see his ball headed for the trees.
Watson: It was a cut that didn't cut. Must've been the nerves. If you watch the replay, my head drops, my shoulders go down. I'm in trouble. I know it, [Louis] knows it. But now there's a lot riding on his tee shot.
Oosthuizen: It's never a driver for me. I can't turn driver over that much. I hit a nice draw with my three-wood, and it usually pitches onto the middle half of the slope and runs down the hill, leaving about a seven-iron. I had three-wood in my head even before he hit his shot. Unfortunately, I heeled it. It didn't turn at all, so I lost a lot of distance.
Oosthuizen's drive comes to rest in the right rough, 228 yards from a treacherous back-hole location. Watson disappears into the forest in search of his ball, but his playing partner does not follow to inspect what kind of shot Bubba faces.
Oosthuizen: Even if he was in the middle of a bush I would have done the same thing. I wanted to hit it into the middle of the green and give myself an uphill putt. To make a par there is always good, especially where he was. I was thinking a par could definitely win that hole.
Player: Nine times out of 10, when a guy is in the trees on 10 he's going to make bogey. But this is a match-play scenario. Louis had to assume Bubba was going to do something miraculous, so he needed to think birdie.
Oosthuizen: The lie was fine, just a little downhill. It was between five-iron and four-iron. I felt the four would pitch too far and be in danger of going over the back [of the green]. I was thinking of the adrenaline, thinking I might carry the irons a little farther than usual. I hit a great five-iron, but by then it was a little cold, so the ball didn't travel that far. It landed just short of the green and stopped dead, and it left me with a really tough chip. I should have hit the four.