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 Scott 69-72-69-69--279 $1,440,000
Angel Cabrera 71-69-69-70--279 $864,000
Jason Day 70-68-73-70--281 $544,000
Tiger Woods 70-73-70-70--283 $352,000
Marc Leishman 66-73-72-72--283 $352,000
Brandt Snedeker 70-70-69-75--284 $278,000
Thorbjorn Olesen 78-70-68-68--284 $278,000
Matt Kuchar 68-75-69-73--285 $232,000
Lee Westwood 70-71-73-71--285 $232,000
Sergio Garcia 66-76-73-70--285 $232,000
John Huh 70-77-71-68--286 $192,000
Tim Clark 70-76-67-73--286 $192,000
Ernie Els 71-74-73-69--287 $145,600
David Toms 70-74-76-67--287 $145,600
Dustin Johnson 67-76-74-70--287 $145,600
Fred Couples 68-71-77-71--287 $145,600
Nick Watney 78-69-68-72--287 $145,600
Branden Grace 78-70-71-69--288 $116,000
Henrik Stenson 75-71-73-69--288 $116,000
Jason Dufner 72-69-75-73--289 $89,920
Gonzalo Fern.-Castano 68-74-73-74--289 $89,920
Bo Van Pelt 71-74-70-74--289 $89,920
Steve Stricker 73-70-71-75--289 $89,920
Bill Haas 71-72-74-72--289 $89,920
Freddie Jacobson 72-73-72-73--290 $56,040
Richard Sterne 73-72-75-70--290 $56,040
Michael Thompson 73-71-79-67--290 $56,040
Rory McIlroy 72-70-79-69--290 $56,040
Luke Donald 71-72-75-72--290 $56,040
Stewart Cink 75-71-73-71--290 $56,040
Charl Schwartzel 71-71-75-73--290 $56,040
Justin Rose 70-71-75-74--290 $56,040
Jim Furyk 69-71-74-76--290 $56,040
Bernhard Langer 71-71-72-76--290 $56,040
Zach Johnson 69-76-71-75--291 $41,200
Martin Kaymer 72-75-74-70--291 $41,200
John Senden 72-70-75-74--291 $41,200
D.A. Points 72-75-72-73--292 $32,000
Brian Gay 72-74-74-72--292 $32,000
Vijay Singh 72-74-74-72--292 $32,000
Paul Lawrie 76-70-75-71--292 $32,000
Ryo Ishikawa 71-77-76-68--292 $32,000
Ryan Moore 71-72-81-68--292 $32,000
Robert Garrigus 76-71-72-73--292 $32,000
Rickie Fowler 68-76-70-78--292 $32,000
K.J. Choi 70-71-77-75--293 $23,307
David Lynn 68-73-80-72--293 $23,307
Thomas Bjorn 73-73-76-71--293 $23,307
Lucas Glover 74-74-73-73--294 $20,800
Peter Hanson 72-75-76-72--295 $19,480
Trevor Immelman 68-75-78-74--295 $19,480
Jose Maria Olazabal 74-72-74-75--295 $19,480
Bubba Watson 75-73-70-77--295 $19,480
Sandy Lyle 73-72-81-71--297 $18,320
Phil Mickelson 71-76-77-73--297 $18,320
Scott Piercy 75-69-78-75--297 $18,320
Keegan Bradley 73-73-82-69--297 $18,320
a-Tianlang Guan 73-75-77-75--300
Kevin Na 70-76-74-81--301 $17,920
John Peterson 71-77-74-80--302 $17,760
Carl Pettersson 76-70-77-81--304 $17,600

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