The Masters 2013: Adam Scott breaks the Australian curse at Augusta
I have been a keen follower of Golfing world since mid 90s and over the last 16 years I have never missed live coverage of The Masters. Despite my passion, there has never been an Australian golfer who has won the Masters green jacket during and before that period. Such was the challenge Adam Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman faced yesterday (on Sunday) and early hours of Monday (my local time) at the 2013 Masters. The trio had a significant chance of entering the history books. Until Adam Scott win, Greg Norman was the closest Aussie to a Masters victory in the history of the event. Thanks to Adam Scott, however, Australia has won the coveted Green Jacket. I woke up wondering when will our Australian golf players players’ time come at the most prestigious golf event in the world.
32 years old Adam Scott must be obviously delighted to write his name in history. The Oz golfing community must have celebrated when Cabrera failed to hit his birdie effort on 18, the ball always breaking to the left in front of the hole. At that time I said to myself it must be extra ordinary luck to picking who’s going to win this, because none of them look like seizing the day as of yet. A brilliant shot from Scott, who like Jason Day uses the bank on the right of the green and lets the slope do the work. The ball rolls back, roughly pin high, about 25 feet from the pin. Then came Angel Cabrera turn who belted his drive straight down the middle. The shot was impressive and he forced a playoff. At exactly 9:15am Melbourne time, Adam Scott became the number one on Twitter trends. My friend Susan Jill Scott from Adelaide told me to cross my fingers after Adam Scott played first and found the center of the fairway which Cabrera did the same and that time Tee shots were almost identical length.
Adam Scott was first to play and his approach came up short, hit the slope and rolled off the green. Cabrera was next and the ball rolled off the front of the green as well. At that point I knew we were about to have a chip-off for the Green Jacket. The Cabrera rolled in his par and the playoff was moved to No. 10, where. Scott, again, will be first to hit. Adam Scott’s chip came up two feet short. Again, both players were in the fairway, with Adam Scott taking 3 wood and Cabrera knocking it past him with a stinging iron. When Cabrera putted first and came so close to hooking it in, the ball settled just above the hole. At that point I knew Adam Scott had a chance to win it. And there came the moment all Australians worldwide were hoping for and Adam Scott became the 2013 Masters champion and the first ever Australian to win at Augusta. I did not burn the midnight oil for nothing because when the ball dropped, I erupted like a high school boy in celebration. I also liked the way Scott turned to his caddy with a look of sheer joy and relief. Am genuinely happy for my fellow Australian, who has been through so much pain in majors especially the British Open few years back that I’ll never forget. See you next year guys…..