Adam Scott made history at the Masters on Sunday 14th April. He holed a birdie putt on the second playoff hole, making him the first Australian to win The Masters and grab himself the infamous green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club. Scott played the game of his life beating the likes of bookies favourite Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to the final hole. Scott impressively sunk a 12-foot birdie putt across the green on the second extra hole, to defeat Argentina’s Angel Cabrera to win the 77th Masters Tournament.
European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley said that Adam Scott was destined to win the Masters after a fully deserved triumph at Augusta. Paul McGinley praised Adam Scott, “He’s very popular amongst his peers and is a guy who’s paid his dues. He nearly won The Open last year and everybody is very happy to see him win. I think Angel Cabrera performed admirably as well. He didn’t make any mistakes and was unfortunate not to win but the golfing gods shone on Scott at the right time.”
Not many Europeans did overly well at The Masters which could concern McGinley as he has got to captain them in the next Ryder Cup in 2014. However, as McGinley pointed out, the Ryder Cup is 18 months away and nobody should be troubled over that yet. He ensures the Europeans will be in fine form to retain the Ryder Cup title at Gleneagles in 2014.
Adam Scott came very close to winning a major last year in the Open Championships where he was clear by four shots but after some sloppy play, just lost his grasp of the title. Norman admits, “It will not surprise me if he wins more major championships than any other Australian golfer in history. Adam’s an incredible competitor. He’s not a guy that wants to sit back and relax and rest on his laurels. He has incredible fire within his system. And a victory like this is going to give him tremendous confidence, as he moves forward in his career.”
The Australian golfers impressed in this year’s Masters with one claiming the title, and another two, Jason Day and Marc Leishman, finishing in the top 5. This victory was big news in Australia and their Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, also praised Scott on his success commenting, “Congratulations to Adam Scott. By any measure this is an historic day for Australian sport. All Australians will be marvelling in his achievement and thinking of him. Adam, Australia is incredibly proud of you.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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