Top matches of 2013 - 9: Great Scott! Aussie wins Masters

Adam Scott of Australia reacts alongside caddie Steve Williams after Scott makes a birdie putt on the second sudden death playoff hole. Photo / Getty Images.
Adam Scott of Australia reacts alongside caddie Steve Williams after Scott makes a birdie putt on the second sudden death playoff hole. Photo / Getty Images.

The stunning, spectacular and the sentimental, nzherald.co.nz lists the top ten sporting matches of 2013.

On an ugly, rainy April afternoon in Augusta, Australian golfer Adam Scott produced his most beautiful performance to win a thrilling US Masters tournament.

Scott put an end to more than half a century of Aussie misery at the Masters, by winning his first major championship with two of the best putts of his career.

A gripping afternoon played in an almost continual downpour drew to a conclusion amidst golf of breathtaking quality. This was one of the great Masters finishes, beginning on the 18th hole, as Scott rolled in his 20ft birdie putt to take the lead by a shot.

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'C'mon Aussies,' screamed Scott, who was in rapture as the ball caught the edge of the hole and dropped. Standing in the middle of the 18th fairway was the only man who could catch him, 2009 champion Angel Cabrera.

But Cabrera wasn't ready to buckle. He got his birdie with his own stunning shot that finished next to the hole. The crowd had seen one shot worthy of winning any Masters and then, almost unbelievably, they witnessed another. And still it was not over.

On the first playoff hole, No. 18, the players matched each other virtually stroke for stroke, and their drives off 10 were nearly identical as well. But it was Scott who won with a 12-foot birdie putt, celebrating for himself and for Australia.

What they said:

Phil Lutton - Sydney Morning Herald

After so many years of Australian golfers scaling the heights in Georgia, only to tumble before the peak, Scott always knew being the man to shatter his nation's most grating sporting glass ceiling would be a landmark occasion.

It was, after all, what he had dreamed of his entire golfing life. And it was Scott, the 33-year-old Queenslander with the poetic swing and steely glare, who always looked the most likely to go where Greg Norman could not.

The outpouring of emotion when he finally triumphed was captured beautifully on film, with Scott celebrating like you'd expect from a man with 77 years of collective Masters heartache perched on his shoulders.

Andy Bull - The Guardian

Every Masters has its moments but there have been only a few, surely, as atmospheric as the finish of the 77th edition. Angel Cabrera and Adam Scott returned to the 18th tee to start their play-off for the title in pouring rain, the pristine grass disappearing underneath a rising tide of mud, the setting sun obscured behind thick, grey clouds.

The gallery was packed deep around them, umbrellas blooming like so many mushrooms. A lot of the other players were out on the balcony of the locker room, watching the duel unfold. It started on the 18th, where the two both had to attempt almost identical chips to win it, and then on the long, downhill 10th, where Scott finally sealed his victory with a nerve-racking putt.

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