Sunday, April 14, 2013
Scott rewarded for being great on Sundays
By Justin Ray
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The final holes of the 2013 Masters belonged to Adam Scott
The story of the 2013 Masters Tournament was how it came down to some incredibly clutch play from someone who'd never been fully rewarded for such an effort at this tournament previously.
For Adam Scott, his playoff win marked his first career major championship. He became the first Australian player to win the Masters and the first Australian to win any major since Geoff Oglivy won the 2006 U.S. Open.
Let’s run through some of the other notes to know from this triumph:
• Scott has been clutch on Sunday’s at The Masters the last four years, shooting a combined 15-under-par. The 69 he shot Sunday was actually the third-best of those four rounds, trailing the 66 he shot when he finished tied for eighth last year and the 67 he shot when he tied for second two years ago.
But he birdied three of the last six regulation holes to get to the playoff.
• Scott is the fifth player to win The Masters with a birdie in a sudden-death playoff, the first since Tiger Woods won on the first hole in 2005. The others to win with birdies are Fuzzy Zoeller (1979), Larry Mize (1987), and Nick Faldo (1989).
• This is the 5th straight year a player has won their first major title in a playoff.
That run started in 2009 when Stewart Cink won the Open Championship. Martin Kaymer followed that with a win in the 2010 PGA Championship. Keegan Bradley won in a playoff in that event as well in 2011. Then last year, Bubba Watson won the Masters in a playoff.
This marked only the second time that the Masters went to a playoff in back-to-back years. It also happened in 1989 and 1990, with Faldo winning on both occasions.
Cabrera was trying to join Faldo as the only players to win two Masters playoffs. His second-place finish bucked a trend of his finishing outside the top-30 in his seven previous major starts.
• Scott is the fourth major champion among the last six to use a long putter, joining Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA Championship), Webb Simpson (2012 U.S. Open) and Ernie Els (2012 Open Championship).
• Tiger Woods played the last 10 holes in 4-under par, good enough to net him a tie for fourth overall. That gave him 11 Top-5 finishes at the Masters, second to Jack Nicklaus' 15.