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April 14 2013

7:42 PM

Scott beats Cabrera in Masters playoff

Adam Scott celebrates after his winning birdie putt to beat Angel Cabrera to win the Masters. (Redington/Getty Images)

By PGATOUR.COM staff

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera with a birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Masters. In the process, he becomes the first Australian to win the Green Jacket.

"It's incredible to be in this position," Scott said during the post-round ceremony in Butler Cabin.

As last year's champion, Bubba Watson, slipped the Green Jacket on Scott, the Aussie replied in native fashion.

"Thanks, mate," he said.

Scott rolled in his 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th after Cabrera just missed his birdie putt from 15 feet. It was the second long birdie putt Scott made in his last three holes of the day.

"To make a couple of putts to win the Masters tournament is just an amazing feeling," Scott said.

For the 32-year-old Scott, it's the long-awaited first major of his career. He had come close last year at the British Open, leading by four shots before bogeying his last four holes to lose to Ernie Els. And two years ago, he finished tied for second with fellow Aussie Jason Day.

The win moves Scott to fourth in FedExCup points and third in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Both players parred the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, each chipping from off the green to set up short putts.

On the second playoff hole, each player found the fairway with their tee shots and the putting surface with their approaches.

On the 72nd hole of regulation, Scott and Cabrera produced dramatic shots to reach the playoff.

Scott rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to move to 9 under. At the time, it appeared that might be the shot to win the Masters.

After Scott's putt dropped, he yelled out, "C'mon Aussies" before celebrating with caddie Steve Williams.

"For a split second, I thought I won," Scott said.

But Cabrera, waiting in the fairway in the final group, followed with the best approach shot of the day at the 18th hole, his ball rolling inside 3 feet to set up the birdie that also put him at 9 under.

Scott shot a final-round 3-under 69 while Cabera shot a 2-under 70.

Cabrera, from Argentina, was seeking his second Masters win and third major of his career. Cabrera won the 2009 Masters in a three-man playoff against Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell. Cabrera beat Perry on the second playoff hole.

It's the second consecutive year for a playoff at the Masters. Last year, Bubba Watson beat Louis Oosthuizen thanks to a dramatic shot out of the trees on the second playoff hole.

The two players finished two strokes ahead of Australian Jason Day, who held the solo lead at 9 under through his 15th hole before suffering consecutive bogeys to drop back.

Tied for fourth was another Australian, Marc Leishman, along with Tiger Woods, who shot a final-round 70. Both players finished at 5 under.

 

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