Adam Scott sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Angel Cabrera and win the 77th Masters, becoming the first Australian golfer to capture the Green Jacket.
Nine months after making bogeys on the last four holes to squander a British Open lead at Royal Lytham and two years after sharing second at the Masters, the 32-year-old from Adelaide won his first Major title in impressive fashion.
“I don’t know how that happened,” Scott said. “It seems a long, long way from a couple years ago, or last July when I was trying to win a Major.”
Birdie on 18th
Scott and Cabrera both birdied the 18th hole to finish deadloc­ked after 72 holes on nine-under par 279. Each parred the hole again to open the playoff and both had birdie putts at the second playoff hole, the par-4 10th.
Cabrera just missed his 12-footer and Scott followed with his winning putt, thrusting his arms into the air with joy after the ball curled into the cup to signal the end of a journey from Down Under to the top of the golf world.
“It’s amazing that it’s my destiny to be the first Aussie to win,” Scott said. “Just incredible.”
Cabrera, the 2007 US Open and 2009 Masters champion, shared a hug with Scott after the final putt.
Woods will need to persevere
For Tiger Woods, the long wait for a 15th Major title continues. The 37-year-old American briefly threatened the leaders but eventually had to settle for a tie for fourth place.
That means that by the time he tees off at Merion Golf Club in the US Open in June it will be five years since he last won one of the big four titles. And, he will need to wait another year to add his fifth Masters Green Jackets, the last coming in 2005.