Adam Scott helped erase the demons of last year's British Open collapse by pulling off a clutch win on the second playoff hole over Angel Cabrera at the Masters on Sunday to claim his first major championship.
Scott, who struggled with his putter earlier in the day, drilled a 10-footer for birdie on No. 10 for the career-defining win.
With a drizzle turning into steady rain, Scott and Cabrera, who played in the day's final two groups, forced the playoff with a pair of remarkable birdies on No. 18 to move to nine-under and provide another thrilling finish at the Masters.
Jason Day held a two-stroke lead at one point on Sunday, but a pair of late bogeys relegated him to third at seven-under. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods got off to a slow start but made a bit of a charge late, still finishing at five-under for what had to be a frustrating tournament.
Take a look at the final leaderboard:
Those results came after a wild day at the Masters.
The 54-hole leaders, Brandt Snedeker and Cabrera, were in second by the time they hit the course.
Day, who began the final round two shots behind the leaders, got off to a roaring start. He birdied the first and then hit this spectacular eagle on the second:
He didn't have the lead by himself for long. Snedeker birdied the first to tie Day, but that was not a sign of things to come for Snedeker.
Snedeker suffered back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth, and he was never a real threat after, as his final-round 75 brought back memories of the 77 he shot in the final round of the 2008 Masters.
Cabrera was another story. He didn't hit a single bogey on the front and finished that side with a 34 to hold the lead, while Day lingered.
Day hit another beautiful bunker shot on the par-five 13th and wound up with a birdie to move to within one of Cabrera. Meanwhile, both men in the final group were beginning to lose control of their swings as Amen Corner was bearing down on them.
A splashdown in the creek on No. 13 made Cabrera's hopes for a second green jacket look shaky:
After Cabrera left the chip from his drop well short and failed to convert the putt, Day was the tournament's new leader. The Australian birdied No. 14 and followed that up with another birdie on No. 15 to move two shots clear of the pack.
All the while, fellow Australian Adam Scott was lurking just behind. Scott received a lucky break on No. 13, as his approach stopped on the green-side slope into the creek. He wound up with a birdie.
While all this was happening, a certain golfer named Tiger Woods was catching fire. Tiger didn't card a birdie while suffering two bogeys over the first eight holes. However, he quickly turned that around with this birdie on No. 9:
That led to birdies on the 10th, 13th and 14th to move to five-under and within striking distance of the leaders. A nice tee shot on the par-three 16th left him with a very makeable birdie putt, but Tiger could not convert.
Woods entered this tournament as the Tour leader in strokes gained-putting, but he was just off all day, missing numerous birdie putts.
Scott, who also missed his share of makeable putts, hit a nice two-putt from a long eagle attempt on No. 15 and moved to eight-under. This tied him with Day, as Day missed his par attempt at No. 16.
That missed attempt summarized Day's round. While he played fantastically, he missed several key putts in his up-and-down 18. He bogeyed No. 17 to fall out of the lead, and then a narrowly missed birdie putt on No. 18 all but sealed the 25-year-old's failure to become the youngest Masters champion since Woods.
Cabrera's birdie on No. 16 left the tournament between him and Scott, who were tied at eight-under.
That is when Scott found himself needing this putt on No. 18 for birdie:
While standing in the fairway and watching Scott's putt fall, Cabrera was undeterred. He drilled his approach into No. 18 four feet from the pin and sank the birdie putt.
After nice drives, both men left their approach shots short of No. 18 in the first playoff hole. Cabrera nearly chipped in. Scott's effort was not far off either, and both made their easy par putts to move to No. 10.
Both found the fairway on No. 10. Cabrera hit a nice approach about 10 feet short, and Scott bested him, getting just inside. Cabrera agonizingly left his putt on the lip.
That set the stage for Scott's win.
Scott, who became the first Aussie to win the green jacket, played the final four regulation holes at two-under. This is in stark contrast to his British Open finish, where he bogeyed the last four holes.
In the process, Scott just changed from the talented golfer who couldn't close to a major champion.
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