MASTERS WATCH: Adam Scott, Masters champion
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
Adam Scott has become the first Australian to win the Masters, beating Argentina’s Angel Cabrera on the second playoff hole.
After matching birdies on the 72nd hole, the players returned to No. 18 for the playoff and made pars.
That sent them to No. 10, where Cabrera just missed a 15-foot birdie putt, the ball stopping right next to the cup. Scott then rammed his 12-footer in the back of the cup, claiming his first major title and the green jacket.
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HEADING TO A PLAYOFF
Angel Cabrera answered Adam Scott’s birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff in the Masters.
Scott drained a 20-foot birdie to take a one-stroke lead at 9 under while Cabrera was waiting to hit his second shot on the final hole.
Cabrera put his shot 3 feet from the hole while Scott was signing his scorecard. Cabrera then sank the short put to also finish at 9 under and force a playoff.
Jason Day might be headed for another Masters heartbreak.
The Australian, a runner-up at Augusta two years ago, shot a 2-under 70 in the final round Sunday, going to the clubhouse one shot behind co-leaders Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera.
They both have the 18th hole to play.
Day was in the lead until he made bogeys at the 16th and 17th holes.
Tiger Woods can start looking ahead to the U.S. Open.
He’s gone through another major without making up any ground on Jack Nicklaus.
Woods shot 2-under 70 for the third time in four rounds, not enough to win his fifth green jacket.
He finished at 5-under 283, three strokes off the lead as he went to the clubhouse.
Woods has 14 major titles, four behind Nicklaus’ record. Tiger hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, the longest drought of his career.
ALL TIED UP
We’re all tied up at the Masters.
Australia’s Adam Scott made birdie at the 15th hole just before countryman Jason Day took a bogey at the 16th. Day made a questionable decision from behind the green, going with the putter with 12 feet of fringe to work with. He came up far short and missed the par putt.
They are both at 8 under, with former leader Angel Cabrera just one stroke behind.
Looks like quite a finish at Augusta National.
No Australian has ever won the Masters.
Just like that, we have a new leader at the Masters.
Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera, playing in the final group, knocked back-to-back shots into the creek at No. 13.
The miscue was particularly damaging to Cabrera, who was leading the tournament by a stroke. About the time he was hitting his fourth shot from the drop area, Jason Day rolled in a birdie putt at the 14th. When Cabrera made bogey, Day claimed the lead at 8 under.
Cabrera and Adam Scott are one shot behind, and keep an eye on Tiger Woods. He’s making a late charge.
There are some great nicknames on display at the Masters.
The leader, Angel Cabrera, is known as “El Pato” (The Duck). Then there’s Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, whose name translates to “Thunderbear.”
Olesen’s first name is Jacob but he switched to using one of his middle names because it’s more unique. He’s creating quite a bit of noise in the final round at Augusta National, 5 under on the day with one hole to play.
It might not be quite enough. Olesen is three strokes behind Cabrera.
There’s been a steady rain since the leaders teed off at the Masters.
That’s got to be a good sign for the guy nicknamed “The Duck.”
Angel “El Pato” Cabrera has built a two-stroke lead with steady play over the first seven holes — two birdies, five pars, and a 9-under total. Jason Day is at 7 under, while Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker are another shot back.
While Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn is cheering on Tiger Woods again at the Masters, her ex has been on Twitter delivering a shot at the new couple.
Woods was penalized two strokes on Saturday for an improper drop in the second round, hurting his chances to win a fifth green jacket. The problem started when a television viewer called in to question whether Woods had followed the rules.
Thomas Vonn tweeted, “No problem Masters tournament happy to call in and help. You always have to keep an eye on those cheaters.” He added a smiley face to his comment.
Somehow, we get the feeling that neither Tiger nor Lindsey is smiling.
This time No. 12 got Bubba Watson. Last year’s Masters champion put up the second 10 of the day on the hole called Golden Bell. Earlier Sunday, Kevin Na had a 10 on the Par 3, 155-yard picturesque hole that showed how treacherous it can be with Rae’s Creek in the front and three bunkers, one in front and two in the rear, surrounding it.
It was a forgettable Masters for Lefty. Phil Mickelson closed a tough week with 1-over 73 in the final round. That leaves him at 9-over 297 — his second-worst score in the 20 times he’s made the Masters cut. The only year he went higher was in 2007, when Mickelson shot a 299 in much tougher conditions.
BACK TO SCHOOL
It’s back to homework for 14-year-old Guan Tianlang. After closing with a 75 for a 12-over total at the Masters, Guan says he’s got some studying to do, including math, science, history and English. As for his first Augusta experience, he says “the whole week was great for me. I really enjoyed it and had fun.”