Adam Scott this week became the first Australian to win the US Masters golf tournament.
It took 77 years for an Aussie to don the illustrious winner’s green jacket. An Australian had been runner-up nine times, including Scott, who tied for second place in 2011 alongside fellow Australian Jason Day. Greg Norman – who lost in 1996 after going into the final round six shots clear of his nearest rival – was among the first to congratulate Scott.
For much of the tournament Scott trailed the leaders. It wasn’t until the third round that Scott moved into third place behind Brandt Snedeker (USA) and Angel Cabrera (Argentina). Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman also moved up to fourth spot.
At the end of the fourth round Scott and Cabrera had tied at 9 under par. On the second hole of the play-off Scott edged out the Argentinian to make Masters history. “Part of this is for [Norman] because he’s given me so much time and inspiration and belief,” Scott said after his win. “I drew on that a lot today. I somehow managed to stay in each shot when I needed to.”
Scott’s focus now switches to the remaining three major tournaments of the year, the US Open, Britain’s The Open Championship and the US PGA Championship. – Blake Moretti
Photo of Scott practising for the 2010 Masters from Bill Spruce’s Flickr photostream