Adam Scott wins the 77th Masters Tournament. (WRDW-TV)
Monday, April 15, 2013
The day started with a sunny driving range filled with golfers sure they were going to win golf's finest major...it ended in the pouring rain with one Aussie who did just that.
"I'm just so proud of myself and everyone around me," Scott said. "The list is so long. I'm a proud Australian, and I hope this sits well back at home."
Surely this will sit well in Scott's native Australia.
The country's seen the down-the-stretch struggles of Greg Norman in Augusta, making this green jacket long overdue.
He said, "This was one thing in golf that we hadn't been able to achieve, so it's amazing that it's my destiny to be the first Aussie to win -- just incredible."
For the Australians, The Masters really has been something of a holy grail quest.
Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman all took a run at the jacket, and even though Day and Leishman came up short, the Aussie cause seemed to come ahead of their disappointment, even in the moments following their rounds.
Day said, "I'm very happy with how things are going right now with Adam. I'm hoping he can pull through and be the first guy if it wasn't me."
Leishman added, "I guess there's going to be three of us in the top five, which is pretty good odds with hopefully Scotty wearing the green jacket."
For Scott, there was a personal redemption outside his national interests.
His 48 majors without a title were fifth most in the Masters field, and that disappointment was headlined by last summer's British Open, where Scott bogied the final four holes to lose by a single stroke.
"Everything I said after the Open was what I felt, and I meant it. It did give me more belief I could win a major. It proved to me the fact that I could."
Scott's green jacket gave redemption to him and his country, but don't forget his caddy. Stevie Williams, the same one on the bag for 13 of Tiger Woods' 14 major titles, gave a key read at the biggest moment.
"I don't get him to read too many putts because I felt like I was reading them good, but I said, 'Do you think it's just more than a cup,' and he said, 'It's at least two cups.' He's seen a lot of putts at this golf course. Someone he might have been able to recall that one."
So, as the rain poured down, Scott, his caddy and his country literally soaked it all in...in a moment that only The Masters could make.