One of those to make it to the weekend was the sensational 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China. Incredibly, Guan did not three-putt any of Augusta National’s challenging greens and cruised to Low Amateur honours. Tiger Woods, in position on the weekend, could not overcome the strong charge of surrounding competitors, made more difficult by a two-stroke penalty resulting from an improper drop during the second round. Instead, the fourth round was all about the surge of the Australians as Scott, Marc Leishman and Jason Day all chased an historic victory, pursued by 43-year-old Argentine Angel Cabrera, already the owner of one Green Jacket after success in 2009.
When the 32-year-old Scott sensationally birdied the par-4 18th, victory looked assured, but Cabrera responded with a stunning iron shot to within three feet of the hole to make birdie and force a sudden-death playoff for the second consecutive year. Scott needed a further two holes to end Australia’s long wait; and after Cabrera missed his birdie chance by the narrowest of margins at the par-4 10th, Scott secured the 77th Masters thanks to a birdie from 10-feet.