Adam Scott is officially the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament and coveted Green Jacket.
Scott was flat for the beginning part of his round failing to build any momentum until his second shot at the par-5 13th hole hit short of the green and rolled to stop on the embankment. Scott got up-and-down for a birdie that ignited a stretch of three birdies on the final six holes, including a tremendous 18-foot putt on the 18th hole that Scott believed was the clincher.
“At 18, for a split second, let myself think I could have won,” he said. “Then Angel hit an incredible shot,” referring to Cabrera’s approach shot on 18 to within three feet for a tap-in birdie.
Scott and Cabrera each finished at 9-under-par overall sending the two to a sudden-death playoff.
Both players parred the first playoff hole, No. 18. On the second playoff hole (No. 10), both players found the fairway off the tee and hit good approach shots onto the green.
Cabrera, putted first from 15ft away and left his ball on the top-right lip of the cup when it didn’t break at the end. Adam Scott seized the opportunity by sinking his 12-foot putt.
Australian’s Jason Day and Marc Leishman were both in the top five when the final round began, but bogey’s on the 16th and 17th hole for Day dropped him out of the lead. Leishman on the other hand never got going and finished even for the day.
“Greg Norman inspired a nation of golfers,” said Scott, 32. “He was an icon in Australia, everything about the way he handled himself. He’s devoted so much time to myself and other young Australian golfers who came after him.
Woods started the day with the intention of shooting 65 but blamed his putting and said that he wasn’t comfortable with the speed of the greens, which were considerably slower due to the afternoon rain.
Woods need 31 putts on the Sunday in comparison to his average of 29 putts per round. The extra two strokes could have been what he needed to stay in contention…
When asked about the two stroke penalty that undoubtably would have put him in a different position going into the 3rd and 4th rounds, Woods answered in true champion fashion, saying “We could do that ‘what if’ in every tournament we lose.”
Now that Scott has won his first Major, question will be what the regulating bodies (USGA & R&A) and PGA Tour will decide regarding the anchor putting ban.