Scott pays tribute to Norman after breaking Australia's majors duck with Masters win
Phil Casey, Press Association
00:35 GMT, 15 April 2013
01:30 GMT, 15 April 2013
Adam Scott paid tribute to Australian great Greg Norman after breaking his major duck, and that of his nation at the Masters.
Scott saw off Angel Cabrera at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off at Augusta to win the 77th Masters and lay the ghost of Lytham last year, when he bogeyed the last four holes of the Open to lose by one stroke to Ernie Els.
'I don't know how that happens,' Scott said of today's dramatic finale. 'It seems a long way away from last July when I was trying to win another major.
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Looking good in Green: Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the US Masters
Adam Scott wins the Masters
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'It fell my way today, there was some luck there. It was incredible.'
Scott and Argentinian Cabrera had finished at nine under, two shots ahead of Jason Day with a third Australian, Marc Leishman, tied for third on five under alongside world number one Tiger Woods.
And Scott said: 'Australia's a proud sporting nation and this was one notch on the belt that we'd never got.
Nail biting: Scott beat Argentinian Angel Cabrera in a tense finish
'It's amazing that it's come down to me today, Marc and Jason Day, it could have been any of us.
'But there was one guy that inspired a nation of golfers and that's Greg Norman. He's been incredible to me and all the young golfers in Australia and part of this definitely belongs to him.'
Scott looked to have avoided the need for a play-off when he drained a superb 25-foot putt on the final hole of his fourth round to card 69.
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Embrace: Second placed Cabrera congratulates Scott on his win
But Cabrera, in the following group, hit a magnificent approach to little more than three feet and holed out to extend the contest.
'It was a split-second I thought I'd won, you should never count your chickens,' said Scott of his wild celebrations on the 72nd green.
'But that was the putt, we've seen so many guys make it to win and I thought 'it's time for me to step up' and see how much I wanted it.
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'To make a couple of putts to win the Masters tournament is just an amazing feeling.'
Cabrera himself went close when his chip at the first play-off hole ran just past the cup and said: 'That's how golf is. I came back and I had that chip on 18, I could have won it.
But Adam's a good winner. I would have been happier if I had won but he's a great player, I get along with him, we've played together in the President's Cup and I'm happy for him.'