The Master’s Masterful Finish

Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.

—Bobby Jones

The 2013 Master’s offmastersered all the excitement a fan could expect. Adam Scott’s stunning putt, which circled the hole before dropping into the pin, was a stellar moment that put him into the lead. Angel Cabrera followed up Scott’s putt with an equally impressive shot that came to rest a foot from the pin. Cabrera would make his short putt to force a playoff.

The drama of the two shots wasn’t to be outdone by the compelling storyline that was offered by the faceoff. A young man playing for his first win in a major tournament and trying to become the first Australian to win the Master’s. Coupled with an older gentleman trying to win his second Master’s and join the elite club of “oldest men” to win the tournament.

The playoff on the 18-hole was incredible to watch. Both men followed each other stroke for stroke. After each drive, both men’s ball would find its way next to the other. Ultimately this hole would leave things deadlocked at nine under par.

The sudden death playoff moved to the 16-hole. Where Scott and Cabera would continue the tit-for-tat strokes. Once on the green, Cabrera’s putt for birdie would come up short, leaving the ball an inch or less from the hole, forcing him to putt for par. To win Scott would need to make a 12-foot putt.

With a spectacular putt, Scott won the Master’s and delivered the first ever Australian winner at Augusta National. Equally impressive was the poise and sportsmanship of Angel Cabrera following his loss.

Congratulations to both men for putting on a spectacular show, and a long overdue “well done” to the Australian golf fans.


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