Cabrera had nothing to be ashamed of, although he might regret the second shot to the par-5 13th hole that found the water and led to a bogey when he held a one-shot lead. Combined with a birdie from Day on No. 14, it created a two-shot swing, and put Day in front by one. That became two when Day two-putted for birdie on No. 15.
But Scott had plenty left in the tank, similar to the way he finished the final round two years ago, when he took the lead with a birdie on No. 16. It took four birdies on the final four holes by Charl Schwartzel to keep Scott — and Day, who also tied for second — out of the green jacket that day.
This day was different. Years after Greg Norman came up short in the Masters — some of those losses by his own doing, others (Jack Nicklaus, Larry Mize) at the hands of fate — a standout from the generation of golfers inspired by him delivered a different ending for the folks back home. Scott credited Norman after his victory, but also his father, Phil, who watched from the 10th green as his son became Masters champion.
“He was at the [British] Open last year and he was as positive as anyone,” Scott said, recalling perhaps his cruelest professional moment. “I’m sure he was gutted inside, but nice that I was able to kind of reward him with this one today while he was here.”
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