What an amazing few days of golf! The Aussie Adam Scott held his nerves to hole a 15 foot putt on the second play-off hole to beat the Argentine Angel Cabrera and win his first major.
The day started with Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker leading the pack on 7 under par, 1 shot ahead of Adam Scott. The contenders for the Masters on the final day were contaminated with Australian golfers, with Jason Day and Marc Leishman nestled comfortably two behind the lead on 5 under. Day got off to the best start possible with a birdie at the first and then an incredible eagle at the second after chipping from the bunker just before the green. However, his bright start would not continue as he saw himself slip away from the pack as his nerves took over and the realisation of winning the masters began to dawn on him and finally became too much for him to handle as he finished two under for the round but also two off the pace. Marc Leishman started off the masters with an amazing 66 but could not continue the form as he finished 4 back from the lead on 5 under, alongside the controversial Tiger Woods, who some say should not have been allowed to continue. Tiger Woods received a two shot penalty on the 15th in his second round. This occurred when his ball hit the pin and rebounded into the water, he then dropped a ball 2 yards behind where he played his original shot. The rule states you either play your drop shot from the drop zone or the place you played your original shot. Woods knew this and he also knew he dropped it 2 yards behind his previous shot, so should he have been disqualified or do you think he should have dropped out on his own accord?
The final hole before the play-off was one of the best that I have witnessed. Adam Scott hit yet another beautiful drive but found himself just before the bunkers on the left. His second shot finished nicely just 20 feet from the hole as it fed in off the right side of the green. His nerves did not take over and he continued to produce some precise putting to and witnessed is 20 foot putt go in and he didn’t hold back on the celebrations. These celebrations could be heard all the way down the fairway on the 18th, exactly where Cabrera was getting ready to hit his second shot. The celebrations did not faze Cabrera as he responded to Scott’s birdie with an incredible shot which drew from right to left and finished three feet from the hole which he converted with ease. This was enough to take Scott into a play-off with both of them finishing on 9 under. The play-off starts on the 18th and then the moves to the 10th and repeats until there is a winner. Both golfers made comfortable pars with Cabrera missing his chip narrowly to right and Scott chipping to 2 foot and sinking the putt. The 10th was played perfectly by both but Scott was yet again hot with the putter as he holed for a birdie and Cabrera could only manage a par. Scott was overwhelmed with the reaction from the crowd and the support he received as he won, could this be a sign of more to come by the Aussie?