AUSTRALIA’S wait for a first ever Masters champion ended last night when Adam Scott clinched the green jacket with victory over Angel Cabrera on a play-off.
Cabrera held a two shot lead on the field going into the back nine and was three clear of Scott. But the 43-year-old, bidding to become the second eldest champion, found the water on 13 to open up the field.
The pair were neck-and-neck on eight under at the last, but when Scott holed a magnificent 20 foot putt the pressure was on Cabrera.
The world No269 responded wonderfully though, hitting a fine approach with his second shot to leave an easy putt setting up a play-off for the second consecutive year.
Both made par as they played the 18th again, but on the 10th a birdie from Scott clinched the title.
Jason Day, making just his third appearance at the Masters, birdied 13, 14 and 15 to take the outright lead, but dropped shots at the 16th and 17th and had to settle for third place.
“It’s obviously disappointing that I had a shot at winning and didn’t follow through,” said the 25-year-old. “That’s just golf, but I can take a lot of positives from this week.”
HOW THEY FINISHED
-9 Angel Cabrera, Adam Scott*
-7 Jason Day
-5 Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman
-4 Olesen, Brendt Snedeker
-3 Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar
*won on play-off