Adam Scott brings Australia its first Masters championship
In the nearly 80-year history of the Masters, none of the winners had come from Australia. That all changed on Sunday evening when Adam Scott bested former Masters champion Angel Cabrera on the second playoff hole to finally bring the green jacket to Australia.
Though there was drama all week, the 18th hole brought some of the most compelling action. Scott drained a long birdie putt to go 9-under, and, at the time, he assumed that would give him the title outright. However, just after Scott left the green, Cabrera stuck his approach shot to within five feet and hit his birdie to force a sudden death playoff. After both players parred the first playoff hole, Scott carded a birdie on the second to win the title. For the 32-year-old who finished second in 2011, the win was about more than just his personal triumph.
"Australia is a proud sporting nation, and this is one notch in the belt we never got," Scott told reporters after the round. "It's amazing that it came down to me today. But there's one guy who inspired a nation of golfers, and that's Greg Norman. He's been incredible to me and all the great golfers. Part of this belongs to him."
As for the other big names, Tiger Woods finished fourth at 5-under, his round undone due to a bit of bad luck in the second round that cost him four strokes. The third round co-leader Brandt Snedeker faded down the stretch, shooting 3-over 75 on Sunday.