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Adam Scott Wins First Major Championship

Posted by Dan Hauser on Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 10:41am.

An Australian golfer had never won the Masters. That was until this past weekend, when Adam Scott ended two streaks. Scott won his first major championship in his 48th attempt and brought his native country of Australia its first ever green jacket.

Scott wins in Playoff- Scott defeated Angel Cabrera in the second playoff hole on Sunday to get that first major championship that had seem to escape him over the past few years. After both Scott and Cabrera pared the first playoff hole, the moved to the 10th hole for the second. The same hole that brought us the famous Bubba Watson shot out of the trees last year didn’t bring quite the drama this year, but did end the tournament. Both players hit their approach shot to within 15 feet of the hole and while Cabrera missed his birdie putt by inches, Scott managed to sink his to win the tournament.

augusta_national-1_282Jason Day nearly completes the comeback- Fellow Australian Jason Day started the day two shots back and nearly won and held the lead momentarily Sunday after birdying three straight holes on the back nine. Bogeys on 16 and 17 ended Day’s chances of winning though, finishing third.

Tiger Woods comes up short of major 15- Tiger Woods rebounded from his bad luck on the 15th on Friday, and the series of events that ensued, to shoot back-to-back 70s on the weekend. Woods started Sunday four shots back and made an afternoon push, but it came up short. The Jupiter Island resident finished the tournament in a tie for fourth at 5-under.

14 year old impresses- The story of the week became the story of the weekend too as 14 year old Tianlang Guan not only made the cut, he also beat some of the top golfers in the world in the process. Guan finished the tournament shooting a four day total of 12-over par. The only amateur to make the cut, Guan was also presented the Silver Cup, which goes to the amateur who shoots the lowest four day total.

Local golfers fill the final day leaderboard- While none of our local golfers came away with the green jacket, many had an impressive week and finished high up on the final leaderboard. Like Woods, Lee Westwood overcame a tough round. After the Old Palm resident shot a 73 on Saturday, he came back with a respectable 71 on Sunday to record an eighth place finish. Ernie Els had a rough Friday and Saturday, but the Jupiter resident shot one of the lowest rounds of the day on Sunday and finished the tournament in a tie for 13th with Loxahatchee River resident Dustin Johnson. Rory Mcllroy put together his best two consecutive rounds of the year on Thursday and Friday. He was in contention early on, but a round on 79 on Saturday ended any chance of him getting his first green jacket. He finished the tournament on a high note, shooting 3-under on Sunday to finish in a tie for 25th. Also in that group with Mcllroy, was fellow Bears Club member Luke Donald, Old Palm resident Charl Schwartzel, and Hobe Sound resident Freddie Jacobson.
   

For a full recap of the Masters, including a complete leaderboard, visit www.pgatour.com.

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