Adam Scott defeated Angel Cabrera in a two-hole playoff to win his first major championship at the 2013 Masters.
It won't be his last.
Scott has long been one of the best male golfers on the planet to have never won a major championship. He'd gotten close numerous times, finishing in the top 10 eight times before this year's Masters.
Now, he'll take the green jacket back to Australia, having finally broken through in his own personal battle with greatness. Just as important to Scott and his fellow Aussies is the fact that his victory at Augusta finally gave Australia its first Masters champion.
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Adam Scott first Australian to win The Masters after victory against Angel Cabrera on second sudden-death play-off hole. More on #SSN.2013-4-14 23:49:21
It's about time, too, since the green jacket is made out of Australian wool, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell:
In all seriousness, though, Scott's breakthrough victory at Augusta was only a matter of time.
An eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, an eight-time winner on the European Tour, a four-time winner on the Asian Tour and a three-time winner of the PGA Tour of Australia (including last year's Talisker Masters), Scott has proven to be one of the top golfers in the world for the better part of a decade now.
Heading into the final round of this year's Masters, Scott's confidence was high. After posting a solid three-under round of 69 Saturday, he told reporters that Australia had never looked better going into Sunday at the Masters, according to Byron York of the Washington Examiner:
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Adam Scott: Australia has never looked better going into a Sunday at the Masters, other than that one year in '96. Ouch.2013-4-13 22:44:08
Many in the sports world responded to his statement with incredulous reactions, including Robert Lusetich of FoxSports.com:
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I think Adam Scott just said something about 1996. He'll need a crucifix and Holy Water now #masters2013-4-13 22:44:45
Indeed, Scott's indifference to the past—both his own and the past failures of his countrymen to win at Augusta—was gutsy, but he backed up his talk with an equally gutsy final round and playoff victory.
After the thrill of victory, it's easy to forget that Scott started out on Sunday with a bogey on No. 1. Such a start could have sunk him from the start, but rather than get down and out, Scott dug deep and fought with all the skill and perseverance in his bones.
He finished the final 17 holes with four birdies and zero bogeys, making clutch putt after clutch putt—including his birdie putt on No. 18 and his birdie putt on No. 10 in the playoff.
Now that Scott has finally conquered a major championship, he's bound to win at least one more—if not a handful.
His natural skill and athleticism have always been well above average—as his record in non-major tournaments indicate—and now his mental approach is as rock-solid as his game.
After his victory, Scott spoke about his win as it pertains to Australia and the Masters, via Steve DiMeglio of USA Today, saying: "Australia is a proud sporting nation," said Scott, who paid tribute to Greg Norman. "It's amazing that it came down to me."
It may be amazing to Scott, but for an outside observer like myself, it was only a matter of time. Scott is a true champion, and his victory at Augusta this April finally affirms this truth without a shadow of a doubt.
He's only getting started.
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