Adam Scott won the Masters. An Australian has won the Masters. For the first time in 77 years, a golfer from the land down under is wearing the Green Jacket.
Australians have historically played well at Augusta, the conditions often suit the Aussies, and there have been no shortage of challengers. But an evil golfing demon has shadowed the Australians that walked Augusta’s lush green fairways for 77 years. That golfing demon was at its worst for the Great White Shark. Greg Norman had the perfect game for Augusta, he looked at home, and he would have looked fine in a Green Jacket. Norman finished in the top 5 of the Masters eight times, some he lost through poor shots but it was the Larry Mize chip in the 1987 Masters that was the cruelest. That golfing demon was a right bastard.
But fast forward to the mid way point of the 2013 US Masters where four Australians were right in contention. The golfing demon was fading, could this be the year. Marc Leishman, Jason Day, Adam Scott and John Senden were owning the Augusta fairways. Now fast forward to the back nine on Sunday, after some amazing golf, Jason Day had hit the top of the leaderboard and fallen back, Marc Leishman has fought valiantly but was out of contention. Adam Scott was playing flawless golf tee to green with Angel Cabrera posing the biggest threat.
With Cabrera and Scott tied at the top of the leaderboard, Adam Scott holed a putt on 18 that, at least for a short time, won the Masters. Australia celebrated, surely, this time! But the demon wasnt dead yet, Angel Cabrera played a simply amazing approach to 18 and sunk the short putt, scores tied again. A playoff.
The demons of Masters past tried on the first playoff hole, Angel’s chip from off the green was agonisingly close to dropping, but both made par. Then on the second playoff hole, two impressive approaches, Angel’s birdie putt burnt the edge but stayed out. And then the moment that shook Australia…… Adam Scott’s birdie putt went in, the golfing demons were gone, Adam Scott won the Masters! A great final round, a great winner, Great Scott