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Adam Scott gives Australia another sporting moment to cherish

I nearly got sacked yesterday and it was all because of Adam Scott. Taking a leaf out of ex-PM Bob Hawke’s patriotic constitution, I almost walked out of my radio newsroom shift to watch Australia’s new favourite son tackle the back nine at Augusta. Why should I have to write a story about Bathurst’s local hockey side when one of Australian sport’s greatest moments was unfolding? Unfortunately, Twitter had to suffice…

Our consitution may as well state that all sporting feats must be conquered, and if they can’t be, we try as bloody hard as we can until we are satisfied.

Scott tied for second with compatriot Jason Day at the 2011 Masters and butchered the 2012 British Open by bogeying the final four holes, handing the title to Ernie Els on a silver platter.

Like Cadel Evans, whose tyres were deflated after a pair of heartbreaking defeats in ’07 and ’08, Scott found the mental resoluteness needed to win.

Having been told for years that semi-retired hacks could putt better than him, the 32-year old nailed not one, but two incredible pressure putts.

All the praise for Scott could well have been for Jason Day had he not bogeyed the 16th and 17th. Day, who as a young punk claimed that he would emulate Tiger Wood’s feats in world golf, has a little way to go but is growing in tenacity and assertiveness.

Scott may well start a revolution. Not the kind of Tiananmen Square 1989, but the putt he so confidently nailed into the back of the cup may well inspire a generation of kids to ditch the Steeden or the Sherrin and start hitting a Titleist ball.

The saying ‘nice guys finish last’ proved as fallible today as the grainy footage of Big Foot strolling around the Californian woods. As one of the most amiable golfers on the Tour it was clear that the gallery were more behind the Queenslander than Angel Cabrera, who in his final round of 70 looked more like a tractor driver than an owner of a green jacket.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were flooded with snaps of Scott after clutching his sensational putt on the 10th while many even confessed they had to reach for the Kleenex on more than one occasion.

These kinds of waterworks were not brought on simply because of his victory after 74 holes of golf; but because his win was one for all Australians.

Everyone wanted to feel like ‘Scotty’ was theirs because for not the first time in our illustrious sporting history, we took on the world and won.

Like Scott, Cadel’s victory had everyone talking about the Pyrenees, the America’s Cup win in 1983 created fervent national pride and Cathy Freeman’s scintillating home stretch in Sydney 2000 was something that will be etched in our collective conscience for life.

For a nation of 20 million or so, Adam Scott’s victory at the Masters has filled one of the last voids in Australia’s sporting resume.

When John Aloisi slotted that penalty in the top right corner to start celebrations to make up for 31 years of heartbreak, we were triumphant. Now we dream of winning a World Cup. It is unlikely, but some go-getters would answer more euphemistically.

A man to win the 100m sprint at the Olympics? Sure. Just let cricket loving Usain Bolt’s kid breed with Billy Slater’s youngster to create a speed machine; simple.

What other player would scream in pure adulation after dropping a career and life changing putt: “C’MON AUSSIE!”?

Would Tiger Woods have exclaimed “C’MON AMERICA”? No.

In that very moment, Adam Scott showed to everyone Down Under and across the world that he is a proud Australian. He didn’t seem arrogant or look like a man who just pocketed a cool $1.44 million.

His country came first and to many, this will resonate more than his 266 shots over four rounds of riveting golf.

Adam Scott, thanks to you, Australian sport has another moment to cherish.

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