Adam Scott Wins The Masters, Finally Gets Over Hump
This Masters was about Adam Scott in the end. Not about Tiger Woods. Not about Tiger's two-stroke penalty. Not about a 14-year old from China. Not about Amen Corner. It was all about a guy who never had the guts or the putts to win. It was about the first Australian to ever win a green jacket.Life changes when you win a major. And life changes a tad more when you win a green jacket. Add to that the long enough journey in golf that now places one at 32 years of age. A swing modeled after Tiger Woods. Tons of coaches and swing teachers and caddies and everyone else along the way. But it never mattered because Adam Scott was never clutch. He never made enough putts on Sunday at any majors. He never could handle the pressure. His talent was all he had. No mind. No guts. No glory. Until now.
Scott birdied 18 after hanging around all Sunday thanks to solid shot-making and consistent putting and placement in the fairways. Then Angel Cabrera battled back and birdied the final hole to force the playoff. Then it came down to the dreaded 10th and second playoff hole. And Scott birdied that to win it.
So Scott, with Steve Williams, Tiger's former caddie, as his bag man, won The Masters. He was clutch. And confident. And faced the pressure no problem. And erased the collapse in 2011 at Augusta when -12 was not enough because the putts didn't fall and the mind collapsed. Adam Scott won The Masters. Australia finally celebrates a golf major winner from its nation. And for a guy who had all the talent in the world but needed karma to come around, breaks to go his way and putts to finally fall, three words come to mind. Good for him.
By: Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike," 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MikeLSports.