Scott tops Cabrera, captures Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Adam Scott barely had time to think about an Australian in a green jacket when a sudden roar from the 18th green and a quick look at the TV reminded him it's never been easy. Not for him in the majors. And certainly not for the Aussies at Augusta National.

He thought for a second it was over when he made a 20-foot birdie putt, the kind that always win the Masters. In the scoring room, one last cheer on a soggy Sunday caused Scott to look up at the television after Angel Cabrera produced a great shot of his own, a 7-iron to 3 feet for birdie to force a playoff.

"The golf gods can't be this cruel to Australia,"Greg Norman, the symbol of heartache at Augusta, said in a text to friends who were watching nervously.

Scott knocked in a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win that green jacket, personal redemption for his own failure last summer in the Open Championship and an end to more than a half-century of Australian misery at the Masters.

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!

"We like to think we're the best at everything. Golf is a big sport at home, and this is the one thing in golf we hadn't been able to achieve," Scott said. "It's amazing that it's my destiny to be the first Australian to win. It's incredible."

Halfway around the world on Monday morning, commuters cheered on buses going into Brisbane, the capital of Scott's home state of Queensland. A speech by the prime minister was interrupted to give an update on the playoff.

The celebration was sweet, especially for the 32-year-old Scott.

It was only last summer when Scott threw away the Open Championship by making bogey on his last four holes to lose by one shot to Ernie Els. He handled that wrenching defeat with dignity and pledged to finish stronger if given another chance. "Next time -- I'm sure there will be a next time -- I can do a better job of it," he said that day.

Source from: espn.go.com

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