Adam Scott Wins 2013 Masters in a Playoff

Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters. Here, he shouts "Come on Aussies!" (Source: Getty Images)

Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters. Here, he shouts “Come on Aussies!” (Source: Getty Images)

Adam Scott made a dramatic birdie putt at the 72nd hole to take the lead on Sunday at the Masters. And he did it again on the 2nd playoff hole against Angel Cabrera to win the 2013 Masters, his first major championship. The championship also marks the first victory for any Australian at the Masters.

Scott shot a 69 on Sunday to finish at -9. It looked like he would win the tournament outright when he holed a 20 foot birdie putt that went halfway around the cup before dropping on the eighteenth hole. He pumped his fist in joy and screamed “Come on Aussies!” before heading off to sign his scorecard. Just minutes later, Angel Cabrera hit an approach shot from about 150 yards in the fairway to two feet, setting up a birdie to tie Scott at -9. The two both parred the first playoff hole (18th) and hit the green on the second playoff hole in two shots. Cabrera’s birdie putt was a foot too long, and Adam Scott nailed his eight foot birdie putt for the championship.

Jason Day led most of the way on Sunday afternoon. He started with a birdie and a chip-in eagle on his first two holes to take a one shot lead, but bogeyed four times on the day to finish at -7 and in sole possession of third place. He led as late as his fifteenth hole.

Tiger Woods finished the tournament in fourth place at -5, four shots off the lead. Woods shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday, including three birdies on the back nine. Unfortunately for Tiger, he missed several key putts to continue his positive momentum, and could not find the clutch shots he needed down the stretch. His major championship drought now stands at 19 tournaments, dating back to the 2008 U.S. Open. He still needs four major championships to tie Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18.

Other notable finishes include Brandt Snedeker (-4), who shot three-over-par on Sunday after holding a share of the 54 hole lead, Bubba Watson (+7), the defending Masters champion who recorded a 10 on the par 3 12th hole and shot 77 on Sunday, and Phil Mickelson (+9), who shot 73 on Sunday en route to a 54th place performance. Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old Chinese star, shot 75 to finish at +12 for the tournament. He made no worse than bogey all week and earned low amateur honors.

Adam Scott recorded two of the most dramatic putts in Masters history in his last three holes. After a promising start to his young career, Scott has the major championship he so highly coveted. Adam Scott is a champion, and Australians around the world will remember his name for years to come.

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