Nation's leaders praise golfer Adam Scott for US Masters win

QUEENSLANDER Adam Scott's amazing victory in the US Masters on Monday (AEST), the first by an Australian in the world's most prestigious golf tournament, is undoubtedly this generation's America's Cup moment.

But unlike former prime minister Bob Hawke, who famously marked Australia II's 1983 win by describing any boss who sacked an employee for not turning up to work as a "bum", Australia's current day leader was just a tad more restrained.

There was no repeat of Mr Hawke's famous one-liner as a beaming Julia Gillard told reporters in Canberra Scott's play-off victory was "by any measure ... an historic day for Australian sport".

"All Australians will be marvelling in his achievement and thinking of him," Ms Gillard said.

"Adam, Australia is incredibly proud of you."

Premier Campbell Newman was claiming the victory for his state, saying the 32-year-old's achievement would ensure "many Queenslanders start the week with a smile on their face".

"His idol was another Queenslander, Greg Norman. For Adam to win the green jacket is an achievement not even the great Greg Norman could achieve," Mr Newman said.

"I would also like to acknowledge the great golf played by Jason Day, another Queenslander. To have two people from this great state in the top three positions at the US Masters is unbelievable."

Even the Governor-General Quentin Bryce got in on the act.

"His exceptional skill and nerves of steel are a source of pride and inspiration throughout our country," Ms Bryce said in a statement.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott used Twitter to congratulate Scott.

"What a putt from Adam Scott at #TheMasters - the first Aussie to win at Augusta. Congratulations. Australia is proud of you," he wrote.

Other pollies used the social media website to express their joy after the victory, including Wayne Swan, Penny Wong, Joel Fitzgibbon and golf nut Jamie Briggs.

But former frontbencher Richard Marles took the award for the most emotional response from our elected officials.

"In my entire life as a sports fan never cried so much as now watching Adam Scott win the #Masters," he wrote.

Twitter came to life as Australians did their bit to egg Scott on to victory, with the event trending throughout the morning.

Productivity in Australia took a major hit as people - even those who would usually choose a trip to the dentist over watching golf on the box - sat glued to televisions around the country as Scott broke Australia's Masters curse.

Broadcaster Channel Ten will know tomorrow how many pairs of eyes tuned in, but it's fair to assume there were more than in previous years.

There were cries of "not again" as Queenslander Jason Day gave up a two-shot lead over the closing holes.

Those cries could be heard again as Angel Cabrera's chip on the first play-off hole came agonisingly close to dropping, conjuring memories of the miraculous shot Larry Mize played to snatch the Masters from Greg Norman in 1987.

But there were no such miracles to crush the hopes of Australian sporting fans on this day.

In fact quite the opposite, as Scott sank two of the biggest putts of his career on the 72nd and 74th holes to put an end to Australia's green jacket envy.

We can only imagine how Hawkey PM would have reacted.

 

Adam Scott wins US Masters with some broomstick magic

HE had the weight of the nation on his shoulders but with some broomstick magic Adam Scott has become the first Australian to win the US Masters.

Scott won with a birdie on the second play-off hole - the 10th - beating Angel Cabrera's par after the Argentine's putt came super close.

Both players shot par on the first play-off hole, the 18th.

Scott sank a monster putt on the 18th hole for a birdie to finish with a round of 69.

But a superb approach shot from Cabrera on the same hole gave him a simple birdie putt to also finish at 9-under.

The 32-year-old Queenslander is the first Australian to pull on the coveted jacket. Bubba Watson, last year's winner, slipped it on.

It is also the first major title for the Gold Coaster.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard took to Twitter offering a 'huge congratulations'' to Scott.

Scott paid tribute to golfing great Greg Norman.

"He's been incredible to me and to young golfers in Australia - part of this definitely belongs to him."

"It seems a long way away from a couple of years ago here, and even last July when I was trying to win another major,'' Scott told media.

"I don't know how that happened. It fell my way today... there was some luck there. It's incredible. It's incredible to be in this position, I'm honoured."

Cabrera said he was disappointed to miss his birdie putt, but congratulated Scott who he said was a worthy winner.

"That's how golf is," he said through an interpreter.

"I had that chip on 18 ... I could have won it. But Adam is a great winner. Obviously I would have been happier if I would have won but he is a great person, a great player. I get along with him. We've been together on Presidents Cups. I'm happy for him.

Fellow Australian Jason Day completed a round of 70 to finish at 7-under, while Mark Leishman finished at 5-under, alongside Tiger Woods.


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