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Great Scott! Aussie Wins Masters in Playoff

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Adam Scott became the first Australian to win The Masters yesterday.

Great Scott! Aussie Wins Masters in Playoff

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It's hard to believe that with all the talented golfers that have come from Australia, none had taken home a Masters title. They have won the other three, but The Masters had successfully eluded them all.

Until yesterday, that is, when Adam Scott became the first Australian to win The Masters after beating Argentinian Angel Cabrera in a playoff. 

Scott lurked in the periphery all weekend long. He was three-under after the first round, and after shooting a par 72 on Friday, he remained three strokes behind the leaders. When you watched Scott play, he was rock solid but still just missing several putts. Despite what could have been, he fired another 69 on Saturday to put himself in a great position to contend on Sunday, where he also shot a 69.

Playing ahead of co-leader Cabrera, Scott drilled an 18-footer for birdie on 18 that gave him a one-stroke lead. Scott celebrated with caddie Steve Williams as if he had just won while Cabrera watched from the fairway. After the players cleared the green, Cabrera knocked his stiff to within two feet for an easy birdie to force the playoff.

After identical pars on the 18th, Scott finally pulled through with a 10-footer for birdie on 10th to claim his first Major Championship and the first Masters for Australia. Scott has had several close calls in majors, including the Masters, but has now finally broken through. With the win, Scott now has the hardware to match his incredible looks.

Cabrera finished alone in second, while fellow Australian Jason Day finished alone in third at -7. Another Australian, Marc Leishman, tied for fourth at -5 with Tiger Woods, who looked to be making a bit of a comeback as the field struggled and he gained momentum. But it was too little too late from Woods, whose two-stroke penalty assessed after the second round ended up hindering his chances at another green jacket.

Brandt Snedeker, the co-leader heading into the final round, fell apart on the back nine. After escaping the front nine with two birdies and two bogeys, Snedeker bogeyed 10 and 11 and never regained any kind of momentum. He finished at -4 with Thorbjorn Olesen.

While it may not have been the most memorable Masters ever (and one where penalties to players like Woods and 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan almost became the biggest stories), it was definitely an entertaining one and ultimately a climactic one. Adam Scott could care less how memorable a tournament it was, just so long as he came away with the win and the green jacket.

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