Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament on Sunday.
Scott sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to defeat Argentina’s Angel Cabrera to win the 77th Masters.
“I don’t know how that happened,” Scott said. “It seems a long way away from a couple of years ago here and even last July when I was trying to win another major. It fell my way today. It was incredible. It’s incredible to be in this position.
“Everything fell my way in the end, I guess. You just never know. I just kept plugging away. I didn’t know if it was going to happen through nine. A good back nine here solves a lot. I’m so proud of myself and everyone who has helped me. I’m a proud Australian and I hope this sits really well back at home – and even in New Zealand.”
Scott is proud to be the first Aussie to wear a green jacket.
“We’re a proud sporting country, like to think we’re the best at anything, like any proud sporting country,” he said. “This was one thing in golf we hadn’t been able to achieve. It’s amazing that it’s my destiny to be the first Aussie to win.”
Scott and Cabrera each finished at 9-under-par 279. Both players parred the first playoff hole No. 18. On the second playoff hole No. 15, Cabrera left his 15 foot birdie on the right lip of the cup, setting the stage for Scott, who seized the opportunity by sinking his 12-foot putt.
Adam is a great person, a great player,” said Cabrera, a two-time major champion who won the Masters in a playoff in 2009.
“In a playoff, one-on-one, there’s got to be only one winner. And it was him. … It was just a matter of time.”