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The Masters: Scott wins for himself and for Australia
Golf » Victory wipes clean memory of past disappointments.


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Two holes later, Scott called in caddie Steve Williams to help him read the putt in gathering darkness. Williams has caddied for Norman, Raymond Floyd and Tiger Woods at the Masters, and he knew it was faster and broke more than it looked. He told him to aim "two cups out," and Scott drilled it.

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And that it happened at the Masters made all the sweeter.

"Sitting there watching Adam, I had a tear in my eye," Norman said. "That’s what it was all about. It was Adam doing it for himself, and for the country."

Geoff Ogilvy was driving from San Diego to Phoenix during the final round. Seven years ago, Scott was about to board a plane home from the U.S. Open until he realized one of his best friends had a chance to win. He got off the plane and made it to Winged Foot in time for the celebration.

With no TV in the car, Ogilvy followed the final round on Twitter.


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"For Australians, it’s absolutely enormous on so many levels," Ogilvy said. "My whole generation — anyone from my age and older — are still scarred from all the great victories that got snatched away, from ‘87 onwards. The scars were there. People are going to be pretty excited this morning."

The Masters is such a big deal in Australia that nobody wanted to go to work on this most magnificent Monday, when it ended just after 9:30 a.m. along the eastern coast. The prime minister had a speech interrupted to hear updates from the playoffs.

"Because of Greg, through all his incredible play and heartache, Australians have always thought they were owed one," Williams said.

Scott was as gracious in victory as he was in a wrenching loss last summer at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, which surprised no one. He has impeccable manners and treats everyone around him with respect.

Norman noticed that when he first met Scott at age 15 and gave him a ride on his plane to a tournament.

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