Adam Scott becomes first Australian champion


Adam Scott made history today, becoming the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament. Scott, who also became the first player to use a long putter to win a green jacket, drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Angel Cabrera.

Scott rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt for a one-shot lead on the final hole of regulation. Cabrera matched him one group later with a four-foot birdie putt to force the playoff. On the first playoff hole, No. 18, they each made par.

At No. 10, Cabrera just missed his 18-foot uphill birdie attempt. The 32-year-old Scott followed with his birdie putt.

Scott avenged his meltdown at the 2012 British Open when he led by four with four holes to play only to bogey all four and lose by a shot to Ernie Els.

Cabrera, the 2009 green jacket winner, led by three after nine holes of the final round, but the 43-year-old Argentinian then missed the green at No. 10 and made bogey. Cabrera held a one-shot lead over Jason Day when he made a crucial mistake at 13, hitting his second shot into the water. With the bogey, Cabrera fell to 7-under. At No. 16, Cabrera rolled in a long birdie putt to tie for the lead. Cabrera just missed a long birdie try at No. 17 for the lead. He converted a three-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to force the playoff.

Scott birdied both par-5 holes on the back nine, Nos. 13 and 15, to climb into a tie for the lead with Day. Scott made pars at Nos. 16 and 17 and entered the final hole tied with Cabrera.

Day birdied No. 14 to take the lead. Day added another birdie at the par-5 15th to take a two-shot lead over Scott and Cabrera. Then, the 25-year-old Day stumbled at No. 16, missing the green and making bogey. Day followed with another bogey at No. 17. He just missed a 25-foot birdie putt at the last, finishing at 7-under.

World No. 1 Tiger Woods posted 70 and tied for fourth place.

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy closed with 69 and finished tied for 25th place.

Phil Mickelson posted 73 to finish with one of his worst Masters showings at 9-over.

Defending Masters champion Bubba Watson posted a 10 on the par-3 12th hole en route to 77. Watson finished tied for 50th place at 7-over.

Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old amateur, who received a slow-play penalty at No. 17 in the second round, closed with 75. Guan finished as the low amateur in 58th place.