Masters Playoff 2013: Recapping Showdown Between Adam Scott, Angel Cabrera

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 14, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 14:  Adam Scott of Australia and Angel Cabrera of Argentina pose after the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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With two amazing birdies on the final regulation hole of the 2013 Masters, Angel Cabrera and Adam Scott needed two playoff holes to find a winner for this year's green jacket. 

After Cabrera left his birdie putt on the lip on No. 10, Scott drilled this putt for his first major win while also claiming the first Masters win for Australia. 

While often times a close end to a major like this can come down to a matter of perseverance rather than excellence, both of these guys were at their best when it mattered most. 

That high-quality play in the clutch for Cabrera was no surprise. The 43-year-old Argentinian saves his best for the biggest stages. He has two PGA Tour wins, and both were majors. He also won the green jacket in 2009 in playoff. 

Scott is another story. At last year's British Open, Scott was headed for victory before bogeying his final four holes and losing to Ernie Els. 

Needless to say, there were ample reasons to question his play in the clutch here, but he stepped it up. 

That began by making this putt on 18 to take a one-stroke lead: 

Cabrera, who was watching from the fairway was unfazed. He drilled his approach tight, and made the easy birdie putt. 

This sent the pair to No. 18 for the first playoff hole. 

Both men hit beautiful drives. Scott was the first to hit his approach, and he hit it chunky as it rolled off the front of the green. Cabrera followed suit. 

This was the only poor shot for either man down the stretch. 

Cabrera just about ended the tournament by holing out his chip, but missed by an inch, and after Scott hit a nice chip, two tap ins later, they headed to the difficult 10th. 

Again, both men were in fabulous shape off the tee. Cabrera played first from the fairway, and struck a beauty. 

Scott followed by hitting an even better approach. 

Cabrera putted first, and it looked like he was going to drill it, but it stopped on the lip. This left Adam Scott with one putt to win a major, and he drained it. 

All of a sudden, Scott now has to be viewed as one of the best major players currently on Tour. He was runner up at Augusta two years, runner up at the British last year, and now he is a Masters champ.