Adam Scott finally overcame his demons at Augusta National to claim his first green jacket, seeing off Angel Cabrera in a two-hole playoff to emerge triumphant.
The Australian had been the subject of much heartbreak at the hallowed course in years gone by. He seemed destined to continue his run of bad luck when Cabrera started to surge in the final holes—forcing the 2013 Masters to a playoff on the very hole he had just dominated on.
But with a renewed sense of determination and focus, Scott was able to hang on for victory, with Cabrera's putt narrowly missing to the side, to chalk up his maiden Masters win. He ended the chase for the green jacket that had plagued him for several years at Augusta.
It wasn't a pretty win, but it was a win nonetheless.
Scott fell over the line more than sprinting through the finish—drawing on every bit of experience he had gained from the grounds of Augusta to claim victory.
What was clear was that without his past failures and demons, Scott would likely have fallen short of a relaxed Cabrera on the day. Without the lessons he had learned from his past, and in particular from the grounds of Augusta National, the Australian would likely have seen his quest for glory in 2013 end in a heartbreaking mess just short of his opponent.
In 2011, Scott was victim of a slow start that saw him sit at two-under through the first two rounds. Rory McIlroy was running away with the title, and despite shooting a third-round 67, Scott still found himself trailing the Northern Irishman by a considerable margin heading into the final round.
And then McIlroy's famous collapse happened—leaving Scott, who was already three-under par for the day, with a huge chance at victory heading into the final holes.
But alas, he would fall just short.
Charl Schwartzel would come from the clouds—draining four birdies on the final four holes—to sweep straight past Scott and into Masters history.
The Australian would learn the importance of finishing strong at Augusta that day—especially on the final few holes—if he wanted that green jacket around him.
In 2012, Scott was the victim of a terrible putting performance that saw him fall well outside the top players heading into the final round. Whilst he managed to shoot a six-under 66 that saw him finish inside the top 10, the reality was that his poor putting had put him too far back to be a serious threat.
Six three-putt greens will do that to you, with Scott learning the importance of putting well if he was going to clinch the green jacket he so desperately wanted.
Thus in 2013, it would be only fitting that these two lessons—these two demons that had stopped Scott from winning the Masters before—would be the reasons he triumphed this weekend.
Scott was able to finish well, and he was able to putt well on the final holes.
In the end, that proved to be the difference.
His monster birdie on the 18th was the only reason he made the playoff; his calm and composed 12-foot putt was the only reason why he triumphed on the second playoff hole. Without either of those, Angel Cabrera would be celebrating another stunning Masters upset and Scott would be left to rue his latest Masters failure and left wondering if he was ever going to win at Augusta.
Instead, courtesy of his past failures, Adam Scott is a Masters champion and will have his name etched into the history books at Augusta forever.
His past failures have served him well—his ongoing demons seemingly beaten.
Better still, they've been mastered.
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