AUGUSTA, Ga. — When you’ve waited so long and come so close to joining golf’s major champions’ club, getting the opportunity to celebrate twice seems entirely appropriate.
Adam Scott won the 77th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club Sunday. Then he didn’t. Then he did, finally and officially. An entire continent likely wept at the scene, a perfect, symbolic connection to the raindrops that gently fell on Scott, facing skyward, eyes closed, arms raised, after his winning putt fell into the hole.
Australia finally has its Masters champion.
It came in thrilling fashion, capping a final hour that saw Scott and Angel Cabrera match each other with birdies on the final hole of regulation, then hitting nearly identical shots over two playoff holes, the eventual difference between the two as razor-thin as you’ll ever see. Scott ended it with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 10th green, the second extra hole. A minute sooner, Cabrera barely had missed a 15-foot birdie try of his own.
The show might have taken roughly 65 holes to get good, but once it did, the players who determined this Masters supplied fantastic theater.
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