It was around 5:00 a.m. in Australia when Jason Day eagled the second role on his final round at Augusta National, but the Land Down Under was wide awake in anticipation of their first Masters champion. Day faded with four bogies, but out of nowhere came fellow Australian Adam Scott, who birdied three of his last six holes to force a playoff with Angel Cabrera at nine under for the tournament. Then the fireworks began.
The first playoff hole (No. 18) between Scott and Cabrera was absolutely incredible as their shots landed side by side off the tee and then again and again as they each parred it and then the same thing happened yet again on No. 10, their second playoff hole, but Cabrera’s birdie put missed by three millimeters and Australia nearly exploded when Scott’s birdie attempt dropped.
There was no Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy in the playoff, but this was arguably the greatest playoff in Masters history, and that’s saying something. Like many golfers near the leaders, Scott started off the day in rough fashion, bogeying the first hole, but then roared back with four birdies to top his countryman and catch Cabrera to force the playoff. The fact he finished so strong when many big-name golfers crumbled under the pressure and the rough weather on Sunday evening means all the more to a nation that saw Greg Norman come so close twice at Augusta and now can boast its first Masters champion, who also won his first major, which earned him a green jacket.