Augusta National produced yet more fireworks and drama this year, as Adam Scott played his way to victory with a birdie on the second playoff hole against former champion, Angel Cabrera. The Argentine was in contention for the entirety of the weekend, managing to play his way into the final group on Sunday. Cabrera managed to keep his cool on Saturday to challenge the best players in the world for the infamous green jacket.
Adam Scott started his final round on 6 under par after and impressive three-under par round of 69 on Saturday. He played in the penultimate group with fellow Australian Marc Leishman, who impressed all, leading after the first day and staying very much in contention until the final round. Scott failed to take advantage of his earlier birdie opportunities, not holing anything of consequence until the 18th hole. 13 and 15 provided two birdies for Scott, moving him up to tie the lead with fellow countryman Jason Day.
This was Day’s second near-victory at The Masters and it looked as though he would capitalise with a run of birdies from thirteen through 15. This year however, Day succumbed to the pressure of holding the outright lead, bogeying the next two holes and taking himself out of contention. In a post-round interview, Day stated, “Think of pressure and multiply it by a thousand”. The Aussie remained positive however, telling reporters, “I really can’t look at this week as a negative”. Day bogeyed 16 and 17 which meant his shot at the green jacket was over until 2014.
It was clear from the way Scott celebrated on the 18th that he thought the green jacket was his, after holing a swinging right to left birdie putt that caught the left edge of the hole. This lasted until Angel Cabrera hit a spectacular iron shot under immense pressure into the 18th green to leave himself a 3 foot birdie putt to force a playoff.
Both players headed back to the 18th tee for the first sudden death playoff hole. Both Scott and Cabrera came up short with their approach shots into the 18th green. The Argentine went first and his chip shot burnt the right hand side of the hole nearly holing out for birdie and his second green jacket. Scott also chipped up and both players holed out for pars.
It wasn’t until the 74th hole that Adam Scott was crowned Masters champion after sinking a birdie putt on the 10th hole from 15ft, “I don’t know how that happened, It seems a long way away from last July when I was trying to win another major”. The crowd erupted and you could tell from the reaction of Scott that he was delighted to become the first ever Australian player to win the green jacket.
Author Daniel Foster.
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