Australian fans of 2013 Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott hailed Sunday as the greatest moment in the nation’s golf history.
Scott edged Argentina’s Angel Cabrera with a birdie on the second playoff hole to become the first Australian golfer to win the green jacket.
Patrons wearing green and gold, the colors of Australian sports, cheered “Aussies! Yeah, go Aussies!” at the 18th green as word spread that Scott sank a birdie putt on the 10th green.
“I reckon he’s won it. He’s done it,” exclaimed Campbell Rogers, of Sydney, who wore a gold hat with an emblem of the Australian map.
Australians lined up outside Butler Cabin waiting for Scott to walk to the putting green where 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson slipped the green jacket on the new champion.
“Oy! Oy! Oy,” Australian patrons cheered.
“The best golf day for Australians ever,” said Liam O’Hara, also of Sydney. “He’s been hanging in there for a long time. It’s a Masters breakthrough for Australian golf.”
Wearing a blazer and suit pants resembling the Australian flag, Dave Singer, of Sydney, said his home country will celebrate the long-awaited Aussie champion.
“It’s about 10 a.m. in the morning over there. People will be a bit slow to work in the morning and there will be a good excuse for it,” Singer said.
Australian patrons leaned in favor of Scott but also celebrated Aussie golfers Jason Day and Marc Leishman who finished the tournament third and tied for fourth, respectively.
“So many before him (Scott) have been so close,” said Tyrone Taylor, of Gold Coast, Australia. “For him to pull it off is an amazing thing.”