The Golf Gods Answer Australia's Prayers


Adam Scott endured Augusta National Golf Club’s intense labyrinth of challenges and beauty, a prowling tiger and a wet Sunday trek through some of the most difficult holes in golf.
It was a week in which world No. 1 Tiger Woods was supposed to get back up on his high horse and claim his first major championship since the 2008 US Open. Since 2005, Woods has only finished outside the top six and top 10 once (40th in 2012).
Tiger had finally reclaimed the top spot in the world rankings a few weeks prior and has won three times already in 2013. A two-stroke penalty that was reviewed Friday night and handed down Saturday morning is what seemingly kept Tiger from challenging for the Green Jacket.
Heading into the final round of play, 2012 FedEx Cup Champion Brandt Snedeker and 2009 Masters champion Angel Cabrera were tied for the lead at -7. Adam Scott held sole possession of third place a shot back (-6) and Jason Day and Marc Leishman were tied for fourth at -5.
The last time Adam Scott was in contention at a major was the Open Championship just a year ago where he blew a four shot lead with four holes to play as he watched Ernie Els pry Scott’s first major victory away from him.
Headed to the eighteenth tee tied for the lead with ’09 Masters Champion Cabrera, Scott made it onto the green cleanly in two shots, leaving himself a 20-foot putt for birdie. Scott watched the ball roll smoothly online and rattle around the cup before it sunk, giving him a birdie and a one stroke lead with just one pairing behind him.
Unfortunately for Scott, that pairing included Cabrera. With Scott in, signing his scorecard, Cabrera hit his second shot to within three feet of the hole, on his way to a birdie to force a playoff.
Tied at -9, Cabrera and Scott headed back to the 18th tee to begin the sudden death playoff. In ’09, it was Cabrera defeating Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry in a playoff to capture the Green Jacket.
On 18 for the second time, both players drove the ball almost directly to the exact same spot, Cabrera just a few yards further. Scott’s second shot landed softly on the front edge of the green and rolled just off the front edge. Cabrera then almost mimicked Scott’s efforts landing a matter of inches behind him.
With everything on the line, Cabrera chipped his third shot sending the ball just over the outside lip of the hole, leaving him a tap-in for par. Scott sent his chip within a few feet and drained his par putt as well.
The playoff moved to the 10th hole where both Scott and Cabrera were on the green in two with makeable birdie putts ahead of them.
Cabrera was first to play his putt from about 15-feet. The putt looked to be online but for the second straight hole, grazed the outside lip of the cup sitting just on the edge where he would tap in for par.
Scott then had a 12-foot putt to win the Masters. With impending darkness looming, Scott called over caddie Steve Williams to help him read the putt.
“Do you think it’s just more then a cup?” Scott asked Williams.
“It’s at least two cups,” said Williams. “It’s going to break more than you think.”
With that bit of information fresh in his mind, Scott rolled the most important putt of his career. He rolled the putt 12-feet straight into the cup for his first major victory and the first Masters win for the country of Australia.
Scott overcame the demons clouding his mind of the 2012 Open Championship and sealed the victory.
With one 12-foot putt, the Aussie prayers had been answered.