Augusta - Adam Scott sank a 10-foot birdie
putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Angel Cabrera and win the
77th Masters, becoming the first Australian golfer to capture the green
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."
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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.
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
"It's amazing that it's my destiny to be the first Aussie to win," Scott said. "Just incredible."
was Scott's second celebration after an emotional 25-foot birdie at 18
in regulation that Cabrera matched with a stunning approach to four feet
and a birdie putt of his own.
"There was a split second I thought
I had won," Scott admitted. "You never count your chickens. It was time
to step up and see how much I wanted it."
Cabrera, the 2007 US Open and 2009 Masters champion, shared a hug with Scott after the final putt.
how golf is," Cabrera said. "I came back. I had my chance to win it.
Adam is truly a good winner. He's a great person and a great player and
I'm happy for him."
Cabrera, a grandfather ranked 269th in the
world, would have been the second-oldest Masters champion at 43,
trailing only Jack Nicklaus winning the 1986 Masters at age 46.
Jason Day was third on 281, two strokes ahead of world number one Tiger
Woods and Aussie Marc Leishman with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and
American Brandt Snedeker sharing sixth on 284.
Woods, a 14-time
major champion who has never won a major when he did not at least share
the 54-hole lead, has not won a major title since the 2008 US Open and
not won the Masters since taking his fourth green jacket in 2005.
Masters was the only major that no Aussie had won, the Augusta National
jinx -- now shattered forever -- including three heartbreaking defeats
for two-time British Open champion Greg Norman.
Norman took a
bogey at the 18th in the 1986 Masters to hand Nicklaus the victory and
the next year Norman lost a Masters playoff when Augusta native Larry
Mize holed a miraculous chip shot.
In 1996, Norman suffered the
greatest last-round collapse in major golf history, leading by six over
Nick Faldo only to lose by five to the Englishman.
"He inspired a nation of golfers," Scott said. "Part of this definitely belongs to him."
and Day shared second in 2011, falling short when South African Charl
Schwartzel became the first man to birdie the last four holes to win a
Scott, who uses an anchored putting stroke, fired a 69 and Cabrera a 70 in the last round.
Day could only watch Scott and Cabrera make their stunning shots at the 18th hole and ponder what might have been.
day after closing with back-to-back bogeys, Day opened with a birdie
and followed with an eagle at the par-5 second, but stumbled back with
bogeys at the par-3 sixth and par-4 ninth.
Day ripped off a run of
three birdies in a row starting at the par-5 13th to put himself into
the lead, but bogeys at the 16th and 17th left him third after a closing
"It was really tough," Day said. "Pressure got to me a little bit."
Woods, fell eight strokes off the lead before making a late charge that came up short, firing a 70 to share fourth.
played well," Woods said. "Unfortunately I just didn't make enough
putts. I certainly had an opportunity. I thought if I shot 65 I could
win it outright."
Bogeys at the fifth and seventh dropped Woods
back, but he birdied the ninth and 10th, then the par-5 13th and 15th to
reach five under, unable to gain enough ground on the leaders on the
wet, undulating greens of Augusta National.
"I had a hard time getting accustomed to the speed," Woods said. "It was so much slower with the rain. I left every putt short."
Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese schoolboy who is the youngest player
in Masters history, fired a 75 to finish on 12-over 300 to claim the
Silver Cup as low amateur.
Collated final round scores on Sunday in the 77th Masters at par-72 Augusta National Golf Club:
279 - Adam Scott (AUS), Angel Cabrera (ARG) 71-69-69-70
* Scott won at second play-off hole
281 - Jason Day (AUS) 70-68-73-70
283 - Tiger Woods (USA) 70-73-70-70, Marc Leishman (AUS) 66-73-72-72
284 - Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 78-70-68-68, Brandt Snedeker (USA) 70-70-69-75
285 - Sergio Garcia (ESP) 66-76-73-70, Lee Westwood (ENG) 70-71-73-71, Matt Kuchar (USA) 68-75-69-73
286 - John Huh (USA) 70-77-71-68, Tim Clark (RSA) 70-76-67-73
- David Toms (USA) 70-74-76-67, Ernie Els (RSA) 71-74-73-69, Dustin
Johnson (USA) 67-76-74-70, Fred Couples (USA) 68-71-77-71, Nick Watney
288 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 75-71-73-69, Branden Grace (RSA) 78-70-71-69
- Bill Haas (USA) 71-72-74-72, Jason Dufner 72-69-75-73. Gonzalo
Fernandez-Castano (ESP) 68-74-73-74, Bo Van Pelt (USA) 71-74-70-74,
Steve Stricker (USA) 73-70-71-75
290 - Michael Thompson (USA)
73-71-79-67, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 72-70-79-69, Richard Sterne (RSA)
73-72-75-70, Stewart Cink 75-71-73-71, Luke Donald (ENG) 71-72-75-72,
Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 71-71-75-73, Fredrik Jacobson (SWE) 72-73-72-73,
Justin Rose (ENG) 70-71-75-74, Jim Furyk (USA) 69-71-74-76, Bernhard
Langer (GER) 71-71-72-76
291 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 72-75-74-70, John Senden (AUS) 72-70-75-74, Zach Johnson 69-76-71-75
- Ryan Moore (USA) 71-72-81-68, Ryo Ishikawa (JPN) 71-77-76-68, Paul
Lawrie (SCO) 76-70-75-71, Vijay Singh (FIJ) 72-74-74-72, Brian Gay (USA)
72-74-74-72 D.A. Points 72-75-72-73, Robert Garrigus (USA) 76-71-72-73,
Rickie Fowler 68-76-70-78
293 - Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 73-73-76-71, David Lynn (ENG) 68-73-80-72, K.J. Choi (KOR) 70-71-77-75
294 - Lucas Glover (USA) 72-74-74-72
- Peter Hanson (SWE) 72-75-76-72, Trevor Immelman (RSA) 68-75-78-74,
Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP) 74-72-74-75, Bubba Watson (USA) 75-73-70-77
- Keegan Bradley (USA) 73-73-82-69, Sandy Lyle (SCO) 73-72-81-71, Phil
Mickelson (USA) 71-76-77-73, Scott Piercy (USA) 75-69-78-75
300 - Guan Tianlang (CHN) 73-75-77-75
301 - Kevin Na (USA) 70-76-74-81
302 - John Peterson (USA) 71-77-74-80
304 - Carl Pettersson (SWE) 76-70-77-81