Adam Scott Wins Masters in Sudden Death Thriller; Tiger Finishes Fourth

Adam Scott Wins Masters in Sudden Death Thriller; Tiger Finishes FourthAustralia’s Adam Scott became the first Aussie to win the Masters Tournament when he defeated Angel Cabrera with a 12-foot putt for birdie on the second hole of a playoff. Masters’ favorite Tiger Woods, ranked No. 1 in the world, shot a final round 70 to finish four strokes behind Scott.

Cabrera forced a playoff for the second year in a row at Augusta when he birdied No. 18 to tie Scott with a 9-under 279. Last year, it was Bubba Watson who beat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff to win his first major championship.

Woods, the overwhelming favorite to win it all this year, has not wore the Green Jacket since 2005 and has failed to win any major championship since 2008 when he won the U.S. Open. With a final round of 70, Woods finished in a tie for fourth place at 283.

For much of the final day of play, the lead was held by Jason Day, also of Australia, until he bogeyed both No. 16 and No. 17 going on to finish two strokes behind the winner at 281. Ironically, it was Steve Williams whom Scott embraced after sinking the putt that gave him the victory. Williams was the caddie for Woods during 13 of his 14 major championships.

For Scott, it was his first major championship and makes up for his dramatic choke at last year’s Open Championship when lost by one stroke to Ernie Els after bogeying on the final four holes. Scott birdied the 72nd and 74th holes of the tournament to come away with the win. Next up for Scott and the majority of the Masters’ field is the 2013 U.S. Open to be played at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, beginning on June 13th. The next event on the PGA Tour schedule is the RBC Heritage to be held starting April 18th and finishing on the 21st.

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