The weather didn't cooperate at Augusta National during the final round of the 2013 Masters, but that was about the only downside. Sunday was one of the most exciting days of golf you'll ever see and one that will forever remain in golf history, as Adam Scott won Australia's first green jacket in an epic playoff over Angel Cabrera.
A handful of golfers entered the final round with a shot at victory, but that group became more and more exclusive as the leaders headed towards the back nine. Going into the 18th hole, it was down to two golfers tied at eight-under par—Scott and Cabrera.
As the rain poured down, Scott lined up for a 20-foot birdie try on the 18th green while Cabrera awaited his second shot. Belly putter in hand, Scott sank it and let out a huge scream as if he'd just won the green jacket.
But Cabrera wasn't having any of that. From nearly 200 yards out, the 2009 Masters champion landed his ball just three feet from the hole and forced the playoff after hitting the birdie putt.
The two golfers replayed the 18th hole—where both notched pars—and headed toward the 10th. Each got on the green in similar positions for a birdie putt, which Cabrera came this close to landing.
That left Scott with a chance to make his putt for the championship, and just like he had done two holes prior, he sank it for Australia's first Masters victory.
Entering Sunday four strokes off the lead, Tiger Woods struggled to sink putts early on, and once he started picking up birdies, it was too late.
The overwhelming favorite posted a 70 Sunday and finished tied for fourth at five-under par for the tournament.
Darren Rovell of ESPN highlighted the amount of money Tiger lost with his controversial penalty from Friday:
As of now, it looks like the 2-stroke penalty cost Tiger about $112,000.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 14, 2013
That's not the only frustrating result for Tiger. ESPN's Numbers Never Lie spells out how close Woods has been in recent years to his elusive fourth green jacket:
Tiger Woods finishes -5 after a 70 today, currently T-4. If positioning holds, it'll be 6th top-5 finish since last Masters' win (2005).— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) April 14, 2013
Jason Day looked to be racing toward Australia's first green jacket throughout Sunday, as he birdied three straight holes on the back nine to take the outright lead. But bogeys on 16 and 17 doomed Day, and his chances of winning died when he missed a birdie try on 18.
Day finished at seven-under par in what was a great all-around performance, but he just couldn't set himself up near the end when Cabrera and Scott pulled away.
Despite hitting amazing shots constantly down the stretch, it was tough to read Cabrera's reaction, and ESPN personality J.A. Adande was quick to point it out:
I need an interpreter for Cabrera's body language. I keep thinking he's mad at shots that end up with close birdie putts.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) April 14, 2013
Brandt Snedeker entered Sunday as the co-leader and looked the part of a Masters champion early on but struggled late in the back nine and gave up any shot of victory. Yet again, Snedeker barely missed victory at Augusta.
Fourteen-year-old sensation Tianlang Guan played early Sunday and finished the tournament at 12-over par. In the process, he won the low amateur honors and became the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters, giving us plenty to look forward to.
Scott's birdie putt on the 18th green put him in the lead for a brief moment and had the crowd thinking he'd just won the Masters. Too bad Cabrera had something to say about it.
But it was this one that won Scott the green jacket, after Cabrera's birdie putt on the 10th hole came up an inch short.
Jason Day led much of Sunday's final round but needed this to drop in order to have a shot.
He wasn't contending for the green jacket Sunday, but Bo Van Pelt hit one of the best shots of the tournament for an eagle.
Cabrera gave the fans at Augusta plenty to cheer about this weekend, but this unlucky guy who spilled his beer after Cabrera's shot might not be too happy with the 2009 champion.
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