The greatest tournament in golf came to a close yesterday, and it was not without drama. Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters after beating Angel Cabrera in a dramatic playoff on the 10th hole. Scott and Cabrera both birdied the 18th with impressive shots to send the Masters to a playoff. On the first playoff hole, both players hit nearly identical shots en route to pars and a trip to the second playoff hole. After coming within an inch of birdieing the hole, Cabrera settled for par. Unfortunately, that shot would come back to haunt him as Scott knocked in the long putt to birdie the hole and take home the green jacket. Scott’s caddie Stevie Williams played a big role in the victory, and certainly knew what the feeling was like since he was Tiger Woods’ caddie for three of his Masters championships.
Speaking of Tiger Woods, the number one ranked player in the world ended up finishing tied for fourth, four strokes behind Scott and Cabrera. There was a sense of optimism coming into the Masters for Tiger, since he had won his previous two tournaments. However, the highlight of his tournament was a controversial rules violation that cost him two strokes and nearly got him disqualified. Another major headline from the 2013 Masters was the play of 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan. Not only did he make the Masters, but he scored under 80 in every round and made the cut on his way to earning low-amateur honors. Certainly more than I had accomplished at that age. Next up on the list for majors is the U.S. Open in June.
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