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Great Scott – Aussie Adam scores maiden Masters victory

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Adam Scott has re-written the script of Australian golf, clinching his maiden major championship title this morning while becoming the first Aussie to win the U.S Masters at Augusta.

Scott began the final day just one shot behind 54-hole leaders Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera, but shot a closing 69 to take the clubhouse lead at nine-under.

Snedeker fired a final round 75 to fall back into a tie for sixth, and with Jason Day also faltering late, the stage was set for Scott and Cabrera to go head to head.

Scott had never birdied the 18th hole on the final day of play at the Masters, but rolled in a 20-footer at the last to take the lead outright.

Standing in the fairway, Cabrera – rather than using the safe backstop just behind the traditional Sunday hole location – took dead aim at the flag and stiffed his approach to three feet.

He would make the putt and they would go back to the 18th to begin the sudden death playoff.

Both players came up short with their approaches to the green, but were able to save their pars. Cabrera very nearly broke the hearts of Australians again, with a near chip-in from his position, but it was not to be.

At the tenth hole, both gave themselves makeable birdie opportunities, but when Cabrera’s slid by the edge, Scott had a chance to step up and win it all.

As the light faded, he drained it, and sent the roars reverberating through the Georgia pines once again.

When speaking about his victory, Scott referenced the great inspiration provided by Aussie legend Greg Norman, whose shortcomings at the Masters are well noted.

“He inspired a nation of golfers,” Scott said.

“Part of this is for him”.

He was obviously still a little overawed by the moment, and his memory – a little sketchy.

“I don’t know what happened,” he said.

“It fell my way to today. there was some luck there.

“The thing I did well today, was stay right there [in the moment].

One man who never really mounted the challenge expected was Tiger Woods.

He finished in a tie for fourth at five-under, after a closing 70.

He said after his round he had played well all week, but just didn’t make enough putts.

Tiger never shot in the 60s this week, and couldn’t quite dominate the par-fives, like he has done in the past.

Scott capped off a significant milestone for Australian golf, but there were other Aussies who flourished.

Jason Day – despite a couple of late bogeys – finished in a tie for third, while Marc Leishman ended up tied for fourth.

John Senden  – the other Australian in the field – finished tied for 35th at two-over.

It was a week where the weather allowed Augusta National to play firm and fast, and despite some rain on the final day, provided a difficult test all week.

The nine-under-par winning total was the highest since 2008, in what was another riveting Sunday drama at Augusta.

You would certainly not be considered foolish to say Adam Scott provided one of the greatest sporting spectacles in Australia’s history.

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