Masters 2013: Adam Scott ends Australia’s 77-year wait for Masters
Masters 2013: Adam Scott becomes first Australian Masters champion after sudden-death play-off with Agnel Cabrera
Australia’s 77-year wait for a Masters champion is finally over after Adam Scott defeated Angel Cabrera in a play-off to take victory at Augusta.
The 32-year-old laid the demons of last year’s British Open to rest with a birdie on the second play-off hole to take his first major championship.
After seeing the Argentine miss by inches, Scott held his nerve on the 10th green to hole from 15 feet and secure the win.
“It fell my way today, there was some luck there somewhere,” Scott said. “I don’t know how to digest it all at the moment, it’s incredible to be in this position – I am honored.
“It seems a long way from a couple of years ago here, and even last July when I was trying to win another Major.”
Having tussled for most of the day with fellow Australian’s Jason Day and Marc Leishman, Scott said it was a proud moment for a proud sporting nation.
“This was one notch in the belt that we have never got and amazing that it has come down to me today,” he added.
“There was one guy who inspired a nation of golfers and that is Greg Norman, he’s been incredible to me and part of this definitely belongs to him.”
Scott was forced into the play-off with Cabrera after the Argentine holed for birdie on the 18th following a pinpoint approach shot.
And although the 43-year-old admitted his disappointment at losing out, he humbly agreed that Scott was a worthy winner.
“Obviously I would have been happier if I had won but Adam is a great person, a great player and I get along with him well – I’m happy for him,” he said.
“I had some issues during the course but that is how golf is – Adam is a true champion.”
Scott’s Australian counterpart Day secured his second top-five finish in the Masters with a final round 70.
The 2011 runner-up led with three to play but fell away with bogeys on the 16th and 17th – resigning him to third overall.
Despite falling short once again, the 25-year-old remained upbeat about his performance and said the weekend taught him a lot about his game.
“It was a very positive week,” said Day. “Obviously I bogeyed 16 and 17 but I really can’t look at this whole week as a negative.
“There’s a lot to take out of this week. I’ve just got to move on and take the experience that I had this week and hopefully get one soon.”
After courting with controversies earlier in the week, world number one Tiger Woods fell just short of his 15th major victory with a score of -5.
The four-time Masters champion finished tied fourth overall and conceded his ability to read the greens ultimately let him down.
“The conditions changed and the greens were totally different when the rain came down,” he said.
“I just couldn’t quite get the speed right even before it rained. I left all my putts short on the first eight.”
Joining Woods on -5 was Australian Leishman, who carded a solid final-round 72 to register his first top-10 result in a major.
Masters debutant Thorbjorn Olesen showed his is a name for the future finishing tied sixth with American Brandt Snedeker.
After a torrid 78 on Thursday the 23-year-old Dane produced three solid rounds to end on -4 and admitted he thoroughly enjoyed his inaugural Augusta outing.
“I have been playing great in the last three days,” he said.
“I have hit so many good shots, shaped the ball well and holed a few putts today as well.”
Lee Westwood led the charge for the British contingent eventually finishing tied eighth, while British counterparts Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Justin Rose all ended tied for 25th.
An all-too-familiar story of missed birdie putts put the brakes on a promising round for the 39-year-old who admitted missed chances cost him.
“I could have been five or six under after eight and I was only two under,” Westwood said.
“The par five’s have cost me. I haven’t played them well enough.”
Sergio Garcia ended the weekend also tied for eighth after carding a 70 to finish -2, however Thursday’s leader admitted poor second and third rounds had cost him.
He said: “I knew I was too far away. I would have needed to make everything I looked at.
“It has been a solid week though.”