July 23, 2014

Stricker loses momentum and shot at his 1st major (Masters Recap)

Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, beating Angel Cabrera in a playoff on a rainy Sunday at Augusta.

Scott holed a 12-foot birdie putt to pull out the win.  Cabrera almost pulled out his third Major title, but his birdie try on the first extra hole just missed the cup.

Scott claimed his first Major victory, closing with a 3-under 69 for a 9-under total in becoming the first Australian to win the event.

Fellow Australian Jason Day had the lead until he bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes.  He had birdied 13, 14 and 15 to take the lead at 9-under par.

Madison’s Steve Stricker moved to 4-under-par on Saturday and looked to have momemtum heading towards the final day, until he double-bogeyed 18 to drop to 2-under.

Then Stricker started Sunday, missing a short birdie putt on the par-5 second hole and bogeyed the 3rd hole to set in motion a rough final round.  Stricker wound up shooting a 75 and finished tied for 25th, still looking for his first Major victory.

Defending champion Bubba Watson had a tough tournament.  Watson put three balls in the water on the par-3 12th hole and took a 10.

Tianlang Guan was the only amateur to make the cut, an impressive feat considering the 14-year-old is the youngest-ever Masters competitor.

Guan finished 12-over for the tournament.  He shot a final round 75.