Adam Scott won the Masters 2013 after Sunday night’s gripping finale which featured Angel Cabrera playing one of the game’s gutsiest shots.
With the two biggest putts of his career, the famous player holed a 20-footer for birdie on the 18th hole of regulation that put him into a playoff with the legend, Angel Cabrera, and Scott eclipsed him with a 12-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole.
“We like to think we’re the best at everything. Golf is a big sport at home, and this is the one thing in golf we hadn’t been able to achieve,” Scott said. “It’s amazing that it’s my destiny to be the first Australian to win. It’s incredible.”
The winner leaned back after the putt dropped on the 10th hole, a celebration for all of Australia and personal redemption for himself, reports The Huffington Post.
Last summer Scott threw away the British Open by making bogey on his last four holes to lose by one shot to Ernie Els. However, the now-champion bravely accepted his defeat and pledged to finish stronger given another chance.
“Next time – I’m sure there will be a next time – I can do a better job of it,” he said that day.
The 32-year-old was as close to perfect as never, and he had to be with Cabrera delivering some brilliance of his own.
“Moments after Scott made his clutch birdie on the 18th hole for a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead – “C’mon, Aussie!” he screamed – Cabrera answered with a 7-iron from 163 yards that plopped down 3 feet from the cup, one of the greatest shots under the circumstances,” writes The Huffington Post.
“That gave him an easy birdie and a 2-under 70. They finished at 9-under 279,” the publication adds. “They both chipped close for par on the 18th in the first playoff hole, and Cabrera’s 15-foot birdie putt on the 10th grazed the right side of the cup.”
With the skies getting darker – no sudden-death playoff at the tournament had ever gone more than two holes – Scott said he could barely read the putt. He called over caddie Steve Williams and asked him to take over.
As ESPN claims, the later was on the bag for 13 of Tiger Woods’ majors, and “read the putt that helped Woods to the 1999 PGA Championship.”
“I said, ‘Do you think it’s just more than a cup?’ He said, ‘It’s at least two cups. It’s going to break more than you think,’ ” Scott said. “He was my eyes on that putt.”
Added Williams: “The winning putt might be the highlight putt of my career. Because he asked me to read it.”
As The Telegraph says, “for Justin Rose it was the same old story. He was third in the greens-in-regulations stats, but way down in 57th on putting stats, having taken 14 more strokes on the greens than Westwood.”
On the weekend the golfer shot a 75 and 74 to finish on two-over in a tie for 25th. It was the same mark as his countryman Luke Donald and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.