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Adam Scott Wins US Masters
Australian Adam Scott clinched his maiden Major championship to become the first-ever Aussie golfer to taste victory at The Masters after a pulsating sudden death play-off finale against Angel Cabrera at Augusta.
The 32-year-old holed a superb birdie in rapidly fading light across the 10ft green on the second extra hole to halt Argentina’s Cabrera from matching his 2009 heroics. Both players birdied the 18th in regulation to reach nine under on a day which finally saw the heavens open and rain lash the course.
Fellow Australian Jason Day was runner-up with Scott in 2011 and the pair were joint third at seven under with Tiger Woods and Marc Leishman tied for fourth at five under.
Scott rolled a wonderful long birdie putt on the 18th for a 69 to snatch a one-shot lead over Cabrera, and then Cabrera himself needed to keep his cool to birdie for a 70 to join Scott.
Both men came up slightly short of the 18th green on the first extra hole and Cabrera, who was playing first, almost holed his chip in spectacular fashion before tapping in from a foot out for a four.
Scott, on the other hand, left his chip three feet shy but holed it and they went down the 10th to finish proceedings. Both men hit good approaches to the green but Cabrera, impressive all day and who had the added advantage of a previous play-off victory over Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry three years prior, missed his putt before Scott made no mistake with his.
Cabrera had been overnight leader with Brandt Snedeker and looked to be on his way to victory before Scott’s fabulous resilience came through. Elsewhere, Woods was four behind at the start of play after being penalised two shots for an illegal drop on Friday, and he struggled to set his game alight, finally carding a two-under 70 for a seventh top four finish in his last eight Masters following his last win in 2005.
Woods, 14-time Major champion, was chasing a fifth Green Jacket and first Major title since 2008. He later explained his putting had cost him. Fellow countryman Snedeker sank to a 75 for four under with 23-year-old Danish debutant Thorbjorn Olesen finishing with a 68 to head the European challenge.
Englishman Lee Westwood once again led the British line and got to four under at the seventh before finishing three under with a 71. The 39-year-old was second in 2010 and third last year but is still chasing that elusive first Major success at the 60th attempt. And McIlroy didn’t perform a whole lot better, with the world number two finishing with two over for card a 69.
Elsewhere on a frantic, action-packed final afternoon of play England’s Luke Donald finished with a 72 and Justin Rose with a 74, which game both men something to work on going into the next tournament. Two-time champion Bernhard Langer enjoyed a short cameo with three straight birdies to start him off before he ran out steam and finished with final round of 76. Defending champion Bubba Watson took 10 at the short 12th in a round of 77 to end the game seven over.
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie ended four over after a 72 and English debutant David Lynn ended his game with a respectable 71. Sandy Lyle, 25 years on from winning the Green Jacket, finished nine over alongside three-time champion Phil Mickelson.
Chinese wonder kid and amateur Guan Tianlang finished with a 75 for 12 over on his debut, which was nothing short of phenomenal. He is the youngest Masters competitor and youngest player to make the cut at a Major. He is also the winner of the low amateur prize.