Adam Scott gave Australia its first champion in the 77-year history of golf’s Masters Tournament by outlasting Angel Cabrera in a playoff.
Scott made a birdie putt from about 12 feet (3.6 meters) in the rain on the second hole of the sudden-death shootout yesterday after both players finished tied with a four-round total of 9 under par 279 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Jason Day, another Australian, was third at 7 under par, two shots better than Tiger Woods and Marc Leishman.
The Masters had been the only one of golf’s four major tournaments that had never been won by an Australian. While Scott and Day tied for second in 2011, Greg Norman was a runner-up three times in Augusta, most famously in 1996, when he blew a six-shot lead in the final round and was beaten by Nick Faldo. Australians Jack Newton (1980) and Bruce Crampton (1972) also finished second at the Masters.