It was a week to remember for a number of Australians who came to the United States to watch their fellow countrymen compete at Augusta.
However, for many, to be among the group of spectators on-hand to witness 32-year-old Australian Adam Scott at the top of the leaderboard, tied with Argentinian Angel Cabrera, at the end of 72-holes of regulation, and then participate in a playoff and win golf's most prestigious tournament, was the ultimate experience.
Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters.
“To be perfectly honest, we thought Jason Day was going to be the one,” said Rob Stephens, who came to Aiken from Sydney. “And then he stumbles with three holes to play, bogeying 16 and 17. Then, we started to draw our attention to Adam. It was fantastic. We were at the 18th when he sank the long birdie putt. We actually left before the playoff. We saw it on television.”
Terry Weber, who made the trip from Canberra, thought the Australians would be in contention, but knew Cabrera would loom as a formidable presence during the final 18 holes of play.
“I was watching Scott's putts on the practice green,” said Weber, who was impressed with how nice and accommodating everyone was in Aiken and Augusta. “His putts weren't looking so good, but he came through in the end. We had the best day. This was our first time to Augusta.”
The tradition and history associated with the golf tournament and the immaculate condition of the golf course, added to the experience for Weber. And although Scott had a number of issues in one of golf's majors last year, the athlete possesses a number of special attributes, said Weber.
“We had faith in Scott,” said Weber. “Remember, he crashed last year in the British Open. He's got quality and class. He just has to get his mind right. He came through. It all turned around at the 13th hole.”