It took Adam Scott less than a year to earn redemption.
After a disappointing finish at last year's Open Championship that promised to haunt his entire career, Scott buried a birdie on hole No. 10 to knock off Angel Cabrera in a nail-biting two-hole playoff to win the Masters, becoming the first ever Australian to do so.
Cabrera—who entered Sunday tied for first with Brandt Snedeker—had a comfortable two-shot lead after nine, but as we've come to expect, the back nine at Augusta on Sunday is the epitome of unpredictable.
And unpredictable is exactly what we got.
The 43-year-old two-time major champion bogeyed No. 10 and went into the water at No. 13, dropping two strokes to seven under and opening things up for the trailing field.
It appeared Jason Day was going to be the one to take advantage when he dropped in three straight birdies to push him to nine under, but he missed a fairly simple par putt on No. 16 and bogeyed No. 17 to drop him to seven under.
Meanwhile, Scott birdied 13 and 15, and Cabrera came back with the same on 16, pushing the duo into a two-way tie at eight under with two holes remaining.
Day barely missed a birdie putt on 18 to finish in third place at seven-under, and when Scott buried a dramatic 25-footer to move to nine-under just moments later, it appeared he was in line for the win.
But El Pato stuck his approach five feet away from the hole and calmly knocked in his putt for a birdie to force a playoff.
After nearly identical tee shots on No. 18, each player's second shot was sent right in front of the green, mere yards away from each other.
Cabrera almost holed his chip, but he settled for a one-foot par putt. Scott also left his chip just short, but also knocked in his putt for par, sending the duo to hole No. 10.
Seemingly unfazed by the daunting pressure, both proceeded with gorgeous drives and fantastic approaches to leave two makeable birdie putts. Cabrera's missed by inches, and Scott followed up with a dagger from about 20 feet to win the tournament in chill-inducing fashion.
Snedeker, Marc Leishman and Tiger Woods finished at five under to tie for fourth, while Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen rocketed to seventh after his second marvelous 68 in a row.
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