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One of the world's premier golfers, Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament with his 2013 victory.
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After tying for second at the 2011 Masters Tournament, Scott won the first World Golf Championship at the 2011 Bridgestone Invitational. At his side for the win was Stevie Williams, Tiger Woods's former longtime caddie, whom Scott had recently hired.
Heartbreak followed, however, in July 2012, when Scott suffered a devastating loss at the Open Championship in Lancashire, England. Holding a four-stroke lead,
Scott bogeyed the final four holes and lost by a stroke to Ernie Els.
Just as before, however, Adam Scott didn't wallow. The following April, he emerged from a pack of golfers on the final day at the 2013 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
In one of the most pressure-packed moments in recent tournament history, Scott coolly knocked in a 25-foot birdie on the final hole and finished the four rounds tied with Angel Cabrera, the tournament's 2009 winner, at -9. Then, on the second sudden-death playoff hole, he connected on a 12-foot putt to win the tournament and became the first Australian to capture the Masters Tournament's coveted green winner's jacket.
For his fellow countrymen, who still talked about Australian Greg Norman and his epic collapse at the 1996 Masters, Adam Scott's win was vindication. Scott, who grew up idolizing Norma and has become friends with the elder golfer in recent years, immediately realized the significance of his win, both for himself and his country.
"Part of this definitely belongs to [Greg Norman]," Scott said shortly after the win, adding, "I don't know how to digest it all at the moment, but it was incredible. I'm just so proud of myself and everyone around me who's helped me. The list is so long."
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