Adam Scott Becomes Face of Bright Future for Australian Golf with Masters Win
In one of the most heart-stopping Masters of all time, Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament. Scott needed an 18th hole birdie and a two-hole playoff against Angel Cabrera to win, but when the dust had settled, the green jacket was his.
In turn, Scott became the face of a bright future for Australian golf.
Scott was masterful throughout the Masters, pairing a second round 72 with three 69s. Furthermore, three of his six bogeys all tournament came on consecutive holes during the second round.
Scott responded with three birdies to break even for the day.
During the fourth round, Scott put on his best performance of all.
Knowing just how tight the leaderboard had become entering the final day of play, Scott nearly collapsed under the pressure with an opening-hole bogey. Two holes later, however, Scott would even it all out with a birdie.
From there on out, he was flawless.
After saving par from the third hole through the 12th, Scott caught fire on 13. He managed to net a birdie on the Par 4, thus closing the gap between him, Jason Day and Angel Cabrera.
He'd sink another birdie on 15 and just like that, we had a competition.
On 18, Scott had the opportunity to take the lead with a birdie putt. In the face of adversity, he responded by holing it on 18.
Even as Cabrera birdied the whole and took it to a playoff, Scott remained poised. He sank a key putt to even the score on the first playoff hole and drained the winner on the second.
Just don't think he was the only Australian to come up big.
When it was all said and done, three of the top five golfers at the 2013 Masters Tournament were Australian. That includes winner Adam Scott, third-place finisher Jason Day and Marc Leishman in fourth.
The United States was the only other country to have three golfers in the top 10.
Scott finished at nine under par, winning the playoff against Cabrera to win his first career major. Scott also became the first Australian to win a green jacket by taking this year's Masters.
Day and Leishman were nearly as successful.
Day finished at seven under par and made a pretty nickel at $544,000 (via Augusta.com). Prior to the final holes, Day was in prime position to win the green jacket himself.
At 25, there's something encouraging about this young man's future.
Day finished second at both the Masters and U.S. Open in 2011. In 2010, he came in at 10th in the PGA Championship.
In other words, Day is just getting started on a path that could lead him to multiple major championships.
As for Leishman, he was the 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Although he'd come up short in previous major tournaments, the world was anticipating Leishman's breakout performance.
They got it at the 2013 Masters.
After the first round of action, Leishman owned a share of the lead with Sergio Garcia of Spain. Although Leishman ultimately fell out of the top spot, he sent a resounding message along with his fellow Australians.
Australian golfers have a very bright future on the PGA Tour.
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