International Sports Desk, Apr 15 (EFE).- Seventeen years after Australia's Greg Norman fell short in his bid to win the Masters Golf Tournament, compatriot Adam Scott defeated Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a playoff to become the first Aussie to put on the famous Green Jacket.
It was also the first Grand Slam title for the 32-year-old Scott, who grew up admiring Norman and counts the "Great White Shark" among his friends.
Scott shot a 69 in Sunday's final round at Augusta National, but Argentina's Cabrera, winner of the 2009 Masters, equaled the Aussie to force a playoff.
The Argentine narrowly missed a chance to win on the first hole, while Scott sank a 12-foot (3-meter) birdie putt on the second to claim the championship.
Australians rejoiced in Scott's victory.
"Adam Scott held his nerve and prevailed in the most intense pressure imaginable on any sporting field. With this outstanding achievement, Adam Scott has done his country proud," Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in a statement.