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Oosthuizen: On a shot of that distance, I normally would take a sand wedge. But it's such a big hill to climb, I took a pitching wedge, so I knew it would release and roll up. A sand wedge, I had to pitch it perfect. To throw it farther up the hill with a little check, it has to be perfect. [Pitching wedge] was the low-risk shot. The last thing I wanted to do was have it check too much and leave myself below the bank, 40 feet for a par.
As Oosthuizen sizes up his pitch, Beck arrives behind the green with Watson's mother, Molly. Bubba's father, Gerry, a Green Beret, died in 2010 after a long battle with throat cancer.
Beck: In 15 years of doing this I've never pushed my way through a crowd. But we had to get Molly to the edge of the green, so she could see the finish and be there for Bubba. I very politely tapped people on the shoulder and explained this was Bubba's mom. The crowd just parted for us.
Oosthuizen's chip races 18 feet by. He hasn't lost his turn.
Oosthuizen: I just overcooked it a little. It was probably a yard too far. Past that hole it's very, very fast and the ball just kept rolling.
Oosthuizen's attempt to save par looks good the whole way, but at the last instant it dives on the low side. Bubba now has two putts for the green jacket.
Watson: When you have to make it, it frees your mind. But having to two-putt from 15 feet is the hardest thing in the world. And I notice everything, unfortunately. Before he missed his putt, I saw my mom behind the green, I saw Rickie and Aaron and Ben, I saw my manager and my trainer [Andrew Fischer], I saw a bunch of friends. I saw everything.
The delicate lag putt leaves Watson only a foot for victory. But he pauses to take a few deep breaths, then motions for the boisterous crowd to settle down.
Watson: The reason why I took so long on the short putt was I was keeping my emotions in check. I didn't want to start crying yet. Because of my dad passing away, my mom being there by herself, the struggles they went through to get me where I am, the struggles she's gone through without my dad, all the people who encouraged me throughout my life, my friends at the golf course growing up, all the people who were there for me behind the green, all the support I've had through the years, all the heartache I've had doing it my way, thinking about my wife back home watching on TV with our baby boy, thinking about how he's changed my life, how much I love him already—when you add all that up, the emotion overwhelms you.