The Masters have come to an end and what an exciting Masters it was.
For the first time in history an Australian has finally broken through and won the ever elusive green jacket. Adam Scott wins it for his first ever Masters and wins it for his country. a rain filled afternoon, but nonetheless ended with some of the most excitement of any of the previous Masters.
The day started with all the anticipation of a Sunday Tiger run and seeing if Brandt Snedeker could get his first win at The Masters and avenge his collapse a few years ago. As it went along though it became apparent that Tiger might not pull it off and Snedeker would come up just short yet again. Tiger simply ran out of time and didn’t have much luck on the greens and “The Sned” just hit a rough patch during the middle of his round and could never recover. This left others to assume the top spots and challenge for the green jacket.
Angel Cabrera, 2009 Masters Champion, was very steady today and got up to -9 late in the round but then fell back to -7 until the end. Jason Day would do the same but would never recover in time and would finish alone in 3rd at -7. Then there was Adam Scott, quietly sitting at -6 after the 3rd day and just trying to hang with the top guys and make a run at it.
Scott would start the day with a bogey at hole 1 but would not let that shake his confidence. He would go on to not bogey the rest of the day and have 4 birdies through the rest of his 18. He had a couple opportunities to birdie a few other holes but missed those very makeable opportunities and it nearly cost him, but hey, that’s golf. He was able to put that behind him and make his run on the back 9.
Sitting at -8 tied with Angel Cabrera on the 18th hole, he was lying in two on the green with a birdie putt ahead of him. He would knock down the lengthy putt and go absolutely berserk and scream out “Come on Aussie’s!” He knew the historical aspect of this putt aside from him just celebrating for his own victory. Then Angel Cabrera would play the 18th.
Cabrera would hit a gorgeous 2nd shot to land it within 3-4 feet of the pin. Cabrera would simply knock that in for birdie and be tied with Scott at -9. Then the playoff would begin on the 18th.
Both players hit basically identical shots and would both par the hole going to the 10th hole for the 2nd playoff hole. Again both hit identical first two shots and were lying about the same distance from the hole on the green, Cabrera a little farther away. He would hit his putt and miss by an inch leaving it open for Scott. Scott would then take a deep breath and set up to take his 15 footer. He would give it a ride and watch it sink in the hole. With that putt he wins his first green jacket and the first for his native country Australia.
You could hear the cheers around the world, from Augusta all the way to down under on the Outback. Ending in a wondrous playoff, this Masters will truly be one of the most memorable ever. You have to be excited for this guy and the fact his country had finally gotten over the hump. A great showing by Cabrera as well and the rest of the field but it goes to Adam Scott in the end.
I certainly am glad I watched a lot of this Masters and did not miss one great shot or putt. It truly was great to watch. It makes me excited for next year and the excitement that comes with The Masters. Until then though, let’s congratulate the Aussie Adam Scott on his well deserved win and just enjoy how great of a tournament this is and was this past weekend.
Notable Final Scores:
1. Adam Scott -9 (won playoff against Cabrera)
2. Angel Cabrera -9 (lost play0ff against Scott)
3. Jason Day -7
T4.Tiger Woods -5
T6. Brandt Snedeker -4
T13. Fred Couples -1
T50. Bubba Watson +7
T54. Phil Mickelson +9
58. Tianlang Guan +12