Adam Scott wins The Masters 2013 with Steve Williams

In the end, the 2013 Masters became a test of resolve, character and nerve as once again, two golfers, Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera, were tied after a compulsive 72 holes of golf to decide the winner of the 2013 Masters tournament.

In the end, it was a sense of redemption for the 32-year-old Aussie as just a few months after his last four hole capitulation at the British Open, Scott lifted his first ever Major with victory at the second play off hole at Augusta.

 

 

Scott began his Masters charge with an opening 69, putting him 3-under-par after the first day and in a strong position to contend behind early leaders Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia. A second round even par 72 kept Scott at the front of the field and he moved into serious contention in day three with another 69, putting him six under.

His final round didn’t start in the best way with a bogey at the first, but after that Scott was imperious, birdying the 3rd, 13th, 15th and crucially, the 18th to finish on 9-under with another 69.

That final hole birdie would prove crucial as long time last day leader, Angel Cabrera, playing in the group behind Scott and at 8-under par, hit a beautiful approach on the 18th to three feet to match Scott’s score and force a play off.

 

 

Other contenders on the day just could not get going on a rainy day at Augusta. Jason Day started birdie-eagle and then hit three consecutive birdies between 13 and 15 to get to 9-under, but two consecutive bogeys at 16 and 17 put paid to his hopes. Brandt Snedeker was another who dropped too many shots after a good start, while the likes of Lee Westwood, Bernhard Langer and Marc Leishmann all briefly threatened to rally but never quite did.

Scott though was playing solid golf. Other than at the first hole, the Aussie did not drop another shot all round, playing steady par golf and always being in a position to challenge the leaderboard.

 

Yet at one point, it didn’t look too good for Scott as fellow Aussie Jason Day got off to a flyer. Three under after just two holes Day was flying and though he gave back a short or two, a birdie blitz at the start of the back nine put Day 9-under alongside former Masters champion Angel Cabrera.

Scott though refused to buckle and birdied both par fives before putting out fabulously on the final green for another birdie to take him to 9-under and into the lead for the tournament at that late stage.

 

 

Cabrera though wasn’t finished, realising he now needed a birdie to force a play off, the Argentinean hit a wonderful approach to the final green to within three feet and slotted home the birdie putt to force a play off.

If last year’s play off between Watson and Oosthuizen was exciting, then this years matched it for tension and drama. Playing the 18th once again, both players approaches fell short of the green. Scott chipped up to leave himself a tricky three footer, but Cabrera almost snatched the win in dramatic fashion as his chip almost went directly into the hole.

Scott faced a nervy three footer to force another play off hole and stroked the ball home strongly, to send the match into a second play off hole, the 10th.

This time, there would be resolution. Scott landing victory with a 15-foot putt for Birdie after Cabrera could only par the hole.

 

 

The victory was Adam Scott’s first Major title, but not the first for his caddie, Steve Williams. The New Zealander- a dirt track racing enthusiast, had been on the bag for three of Tiger Woods Masters wins in 2001, 2002 and 2005 thus meaning this was the fourth time he had caddied for the winner at the Major.

When Scott surrendered his lead at the 2012 British Open with four bogeys in the final four holes at Royal Lytham last year, he remarked: “I didn’t finish the tournament well today. But next time, I’m sure there will be a next time,  I can do a better job of it.”

Well Adam, that chance at redemption came rather quickly and you certainly kept your promise.

 

Images Courtesy of Adam Scott’s Facebook Page

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The Grateful Golfer April 21, 2013

Great overview. I would have to say, real champions do something outside their normal play….Adam Scott putted awesome down the stretch. Something he is not noted for! I wonder if the USGA will change their minds about long putters?

Cheers
The Grateful Golfer

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Troy Vayanos April 25, 2013

One of the best days of golf viewing in my life. So proud to be an Australian and really makes up for the pain I felt in 1996 when Greg couldn’t quite get the job done.

Well done Adam, you did Australia proud!

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Tommy Priest April 30, 2013

Adam Scott deserved the win. He is a great competitor and seems to be a great guy.

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