Originally Posted by iacas
There was a lot of luck in Oostie's actual result but getting it close is not a matter of luck, and Bubba's shot was comparatively much, much easier.
I think you're making Bubba's shot easier than it was.
"Hooked it about 40 yards, hit about 15 feet off the ground until it got under the tree and then started rising," Watson said. "Pretty easy."
I can hit a high draw that flies 240 yards (which is about how far Louis's shot flew) from a perfect fairway lie--any tour pro can. Obviously it's hard to hit your spot from that distance, but not impossible. I can't hit a shot 150 yards that flies low for 50 yards, then rises up in the air and hooks 40 yards, then lands with enough spin to stop on that green. Then add in the pine straw and a Masters playoff. I think the number of guys who could hit that shot is comparatively very small, Masters playoff or not.
Originally Posted by MSchott
Bubba hit a great shot but he's not the only one that can do that (see Sergio, Tiger, Phil and others).
If Sergio or Tiger had hit a 40-yard hook from that spot, they would have been sitting on Rory's plaque from 2011. I don't think you could hit that same shot as a slice. In order to keep it low, you'd have to hit a lower lofted club, and it wouldn't have enough spin when it hit the green to stay.
Honestly, I think Kuchar's shot into 15 was just as good as Louis's. Similar yardage (I think Kuch had 269), hitting a FW wood. Except where Kuchar landed his shot, the penalty for landing 2 or 3 yards shorter means that it rolls back into Rae's Creek. And that pin on 15 is not a spot where the ball naturally feeds to, unlike the pin on #2. And Kuch's shot got him a share of the lead on the home stretch. The only difference in the result between Louis's albatross and Kuch's approach on 15 was a perfect bounce, which is mostly luck. All of the other factors made Kuch's shot more difficult and more clutch.