Adam Scott edges Angel Cabrera on 2nd playoff hole for Masters win

April 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM
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AUGUSTA, Ga., April 14 (UPI) -- Adam Scott drained a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday, defeating Angel Cabrera to become the first Australian to win the Masters.

Scott's putt to capture the 77th edition of one of golf's premier events was set up when Cabrera's earlier try for an 18-foot birdie on the 10th hole at Augusta National came up 2 inches short.

The Australian responded by pouring his try straight into the hole.

The second extra hole was necessitated when each golfer netted a par on the first playoff hole, held on the 18th.

Scott positioned himself to win in regulation when he birdied the final hole to finish with a 3-under-par 69, moving a shot ahead of Cabrera.

But the Argentine forced a playoff by following with a birdie of his own, carding a 2-under 70 to join Scott at 9-under 279.

It marked a second consecutive year in which the Masters was decided with extra holes -- Bubba Watson beat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff last year.

Two other Australians finished in the Top 4 -- Jason Day took third place at minus-7 after carding a 2-under 70 while Marc Leishman shared fourth with a 72 in the final round to finish at 5-under 283.

Four-time champion Tiger Woods also ended with a share of fourth after registering a 2-under 70.

Earlier Sunday, 14-year-old amateur Tian-lang Guan of China completed a historic Masters appearance, carding a final-round 3-over 75 to end at 12-over-par 300.

The teen became the youngest player ever to start the Masters and the youngest player to make the cut at the event.

His appearance, however, was overshadowed by a controversy over a 1-stroke penalty assessed for slow in Friday's second round. The decision was criticized by many, including Guan's playing partner, two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw.

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