2013 Masters

Adam Scott sheds 'best without a major' label

Adam Scott celebrates after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2013 Masters
Adam Scott lets out a celebratory yell at the 2013 Masters. Harry How/Getty Images

Adam Scott erased his name from those "best golfers without a major" lists by winning the 2013 Masters in a playoff over Angel Cabrera.

Scott also became the first Australian golfer to win The Masters, improving on his own second-place finish in 2011, and upending the history of Greg Norman's near-misses and collapses at Augusta National Golf Club.

For Scott, it was his ninth career PGA Tour victory, and his first major in his 49th time playing in one of the four professional majors.

Cabrera had only two PGA Tour wins entering the tournament - but both of them were majors, including the 2009 Masters that he won in a playoff.

But here, Cabrera was a playoff loser. Scott and Cabrera were tied at 8-under as both played the 72nd hole, Scott on the green and Cabrera in the fairway. So Cabrera had a great view of Scott's 20-foot birdie putt to finish at 9-under 279, and knew he had to birdie himself to force a playoff.

Cabrera played a fantastic approach to a couple feet from the pin and knocked in the short putt to tie Scott. The two golfers proceeded to a sudden-death playoff, starting on Augusta's 18th hole. Both parred.

They moved on to a second extra hole (Augusta's No. 10). Both hit great approach shots. Cabrera's 15-foot putt just missed, stopping about an inch from dropping into the cup.

Scott then putted from 12 feet, and his putt was pure. When it dropped in the cup, he threw his arms in the air in celebration as the 2013 Masters champion.

Two other things will be well-remembered about this Masters. First, a 14-year-old amateur not only played in the tournament, but made the cut, the youngest to accomplish both feats. Tianlang Guan, from China, opened with a 73 and added a 75 to make the cut on the number. Then he added weekend rounds of 77 and 75, finishing at 12-over 300, in 58th place.

Did we mention that he was 14 years old? He lowered the record for youngest to make the cut in a major by almost two years.

And second: The Tiger Woods ruling. Woods was in contention, three behind midway leader Jason Day, after two rounds. He signed for a 71 in the second round. But a rules incident arose around his actions on the 15th hole in the second round. Woods' approach into the par-5 green hit the flagstick and bounced back into the water. He walked back to the spot of the shot and dropped to re-play the shot with a 1-stroke penalty. But Woods later revealed in a post-round interview that he dropped about two yards behind the original spot, rather than "as nearly as possible" the original spot as called for by Rule 26-1. That meant Woods played from a wrong spot, and a 2-stroke penalty.

But Woods didn't realize his mistake on Friday, and nobody from The Masters' rules committee notified him of the problem until Saturday morning - long after he had signed what was, in retrospect, an incorrect scorecard. A controvery arose over whether Woods would be disqualified, but in the end he was assessed the 2-stroke penalty and allowed to continue playing under Rule 33-7 (committee's discretion to waive disqualification).

The penalty dropped Woods from three behind the leaders to five back. And although he shot two sub-par rounds on the weekend, he never threatened the leaders over the final two rounds.

Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker were the third-round co-leaders, one stroke ahead of Scott. Cabrera shot 70 in the final round, Scott 69, but Snedeker faded with a 75.

2013 Masters Scores
Results from the 2013 Masters golf tournament played at the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia (p-won playoff; a-amateur):

p-Adam Scott69-72-69-69--279$1,440,000
Angel Cabrera71-69-69-70--279$864,000
Jason Day70-68-73-70--281$544,000
Tiger Woods70-73-70-70--283$352,000
Marc Leishman66-73-72-72--283$352,000
Brandt Snedeker70-70-69-75--284$278,000
Thorbjorn Olesen78-70-68-68--284$278,000
Matt Kuchar68-75-69-73--285$232,000
Lee Westwood70-71-73-71--285$232,000
Sergio Garcia66-76-73-70--285$232,000
John Huh70-77-71-68--286$192,000
Tim Clark70-76-67-73--286$192,000
Ernie Els71-74-73-69--287$145,600
David Toms70-74-76-67--287$145,600
Dustin Johnson67-76-74-70--287$145,600
Fred Couples68-71-77-71--287$145,600
Nick Watney78-69-68-72--287$145,600
Branden Grace78-70-71-69--288$116,000
Henrik Stenson75-71-73-69--288$116,000
Jason Dufner72-69-75-73--289$89,920
Gonzalo Fern.-Castano68-74-73-74--289$89,920
Bo Van Pelt71-74-70-74--289$89,920
Steve Stricker73-70-71-75--289$89,920
Bill Haas71-72-74-72--289$89,920
Freddie Jacobson72-73-72-73--290$56,040
Richard Sterne73-72-75-70--290$56,040
Michael Thompson73-71-79-67--290$56,040
Rory McIlroy72-70-79-69--290$56,040
Luke Donald71-72-75-72--290$56,040
Stewart Cink75-71-73-71--290$56,040
Charl Schwartzel71-71-75-73--290$56,040
Justin Rose70-71-75-74--290$56,040
Jim Furyk69-71-74-76--290$56,040
Bernhard Langer71-71-72-76--290$56,040
Zach Johnson69-76-71-75--291$41,200
Martin Kaymer72-75-74-70--291$41,200
John Senden72-70-75-74--291$41,200
D.A. Points72-75-72-73--292$32,000
Brian Gay72-74-74-72--292$32,000
Vijay Singh72-74-74-72--292$32,000
Paul Lawrie76-70-75-71--292$32,000
Ryo Ishikawa71-77-76-68--292$32,000
Ryan Moore71-72-81-68--292$32,000
Robert Garrigus76-71-72-73--292$32,000
Rickie Fowler68-76-70-78--292$32,000
K.J. Choi70-71-77-75--293$23,307
David Lynn68-73-80-72--293$23,307
Thomas Bjorn73-73-76-71--293$23,307
Lucas Glover74-74-73-73--294$20,800
Peter Hanson72-75-76-72--295$19,480
Trevor Immelman68-75-78-74--295$19,480
Jose Maria Olazabal74-72-74-75--295$19,480
Bubba Watson75-73-70-77--295$19,480
Sandy Lyle73-72-81-71--297$18,320
Phil Mickelson71-76-77-73--297$18,320
Scott Piercy75-69-78-75--297$18,320
Keegan Bradley73-73-82-69--297$18,320
a-Tianlang Guan73-75-77-75--300 
Kevin Na70-76-74-81--301$17,920
John Peterson71-77-74-80--302$17,760
Carl Pettersson76-70-77-81--304$17,600

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