‘‘I can only imagine how everyone else felt when I was playing,’’ Norman said.
Scott has had disappointments, none more than the British Open last year. He bogeyed the last four holes to lose by a shot to Ernie Els. Some wondered if that would haunt Scott for his career.
Tom Watson, who missed the cut at Augusta this year, tweeted: ‘‘You showed great courage Adam . . . and resiliency from last year’s disappointment at Lytham.’’
Athletes from other sports took to social networks to praise Scott, whose achievement is now touted as one of the best in a country that prides itself on its grit in international sports.
The victory drew plenty of chatter on talk radio, callers looking to place this moment in the hierarchy of Australian sports: the America’s Cup victory in 1983 that ended a 132-year American victory streak in the historic sailing event; Cathy Freeman’s win in the 400 meters at the Sydney Olympics; Pat Cash’s unexpected win at Wimbledon in 1987.
Scott’s victory helped provide a 26 percent boost in overnight ratings for the Masters on CBS.
According to Nielsen, the final round drew an average household rating/share of 10.2/21, up 26 percent from last year’s 8.1/19. Sunday’s round peaked with a 13.4/25 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson contributed to this story from Augusta, Ga.