Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - The Australian curse has been lifted. Adam
Scott won the 77th Masters on the second playoff hole and became the first
Australian to win the season's first major.
He joins the likes of Geoff Ogilvy, Steve Elkington and Greg Norman as
Australian major champions.
Scott birdied the final hole of regulation to grab the lead at minus-9. Angel
Cabrera joined him there as he also birdied the 72nd hole. On the second extra
hole, Scott drained another birdie effort to collect his first major
"There was one guy who inspired a nation of golfers and that's Greg Norman.
He's been incredible to me and all the young golfers in Australia, and part of
this definitely belongs to him," Scott said at the trophy presentation.
In the process, Scott also became the first Australian to win the Masters.
"To make a couple of putts to win the Masters tournament is just an amazing
feeling," Scott said.
Here's what other players were saying after the final round of the 77th
JASON DAY, who was runner-up at the 2011 Masters and 2011 U.S.Open, admitted
to feeling the nerves down the stretch on Sunday; "Birdieing 13, 14 and 15
was really nice. Unfortunately, bogeying 16 and 17 was not what I wanted to
do. It's really tough. I think the pressure got to me a little."
TIGER WOODS, would have shared third place if not for his penalty for an
illegal drop on Friday. He would have none of the 'what-if game' after the
final round, but admitted to having trouble with the speed of the greens in
the final round; "I had a hard time getting accustomed to the speed. It was so
much slower than yesterday, and that was before it rained. I had a hard time
hitting putts hard enough. Unfortunately, I didn't make enough putts and I
missed a few shots here and there."
THORBJORN OLESEN, in his first Masters start finished as the low European. He
tied for sixth to notch his second top-10 finish in his fourth major
championship start; "I feel like I played some great golf all four days,
actually. I shaped the ball really nicely, left to right and right to left and
on the last two days I started holing a few putts. It's a dream for me. It's
lovely to be here at a major and especially at the Masters. It's a great golf
course and the atmosphere here is amazing."
FRED COUPLES, who joked he'd only play here every year, and no where else, if
he won this title again, ended in the a tie for 13th for his fourth straight
top-15 finish at the Masters; "I played well today. I really didn't do much. I
birdied 15 and 18 to get to 1-under. I played with Jason Dufner and we didn't
make any putts and we were both right around the hole. I just told him there,
I don't know if I've ever really finished like that in a tournament in my
life, the way some of these shots I hit. I couldn't even chip balls out of the
trees with any feel. But it is what it is and I was not in a great mood
yesterday, because if I just would have finished halfway, I could have come
out today with a shot at winning. And today was just really another fun day at
RORY MCILROY, closed with a 3-under 69 for just his fourth round in the 60s in
18 rounds at Augusta National; "I'm learning each and every year around here.
You just got to be so controlled and not take on too much. It's one of these
golf courses where, when it's like this unfortunately like you can shoot 65 in
a heart beat, but all of a sudden you go for a few shots and you're staring
double and triple bogey in the face."
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