Adam Scott was singing in the rain at Augusta, as he erased years of Australian heartbreak, winning the first Masters title for the country in a two hole play-off against Argentine Angel Cabrera on Sunday.
Until this year, Australians had never managed to win at Augusta with eight 2nd place finishes, including Adam Scott himself and Jason Day in 2011 and Greg Norman on three separate occasions.
After Scott’s heartbreaking loss in The Open at Lythym last year where he blew a four shot lead with four to play as Ernie Els stole the trophy, he will be relieved to finally win his first major, becoming the 7th different player in a row to earn a green jacket. Last years winner Bubba Watson placed his green jacket on him indoors, after a rain filled day of play.
Jason Day got off to a flying start with a birdie on the first and holing his bunker shot for eagle on the second. For the majority of the day was in contention, until bogeys on 16 and 17 derailed his charge as he succumbed to the pressure of leading the Masters, much like on Saturday afternoon. Bernhard Langer looked like he would also make a fist of it, with three birdies in the first four holes, but quickly fell away finishing in a tie for 25th.
With Day seemingly out of it after narrowly missing his putt for birdie on 18, Adam Scott was left with a difficult lengthy putt for his. He duly holed the putt, crying out “Come on Aussie”.
Time to respond. Angel Cabrera who had hit a great drive down the middle of the 18th fairway, then under pressure struck a flawless iron shot to three feet, holing out to force The Masters to a second play-off in two years, after Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen fought for the green jacket this time last year.
They matched each other shot for shot in the play-off, Cabrera less than an inch away from holing on the 2nd play-off hole for birdie as it grazed the cup. Adam Scott, pin high rolled his 15 foot putt in confidently to win his first Major and become the first Australian to win at Augusta.
Scott’s win will surely ignite more debate about whether or not long putters should be banned from the game. This is the fourth occasion in which a player with an anchored putter has won a major competition.
Scott’s caddy Steve Williams will also have greatly enjoyed the win after switching to the Aussies bag from world number 1 Tiger Woods two years ago. He has also caddied for Raymond Floyd and Greg Norman.
Tiger Woods finished with a round of -2 and failed to capitalise missing many putts, much like Lee Westwood, who missed two short putts in the first two holes, which would have thrust him into an early commanding position, he finished in a tie for 4th place. He will be left to rue what might have been after the events of the 15th hole in round two and the two shot penalty followed afterwards.
After so much outstanding golf over these four days, there were moments on this unforgiving course that gave the seasoned amateur golfer hope, as both Kevin Na and Bubba Watson carded a 10 on the par 3 12th hole at Augusta. Justin Rose carded a seven. The 155 yard par three surrounded by a stream is one of the most stunning in the game, but sometimes even the worlds best golfers get shown up.