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Scott, Australia get their first green jacket



Adam Scott and Australia donned a green jacket for the first time Sunday, as Scott defeated Angel Cabrera in a two-hole playoff.

Both playoff combatants birdied No. 18 in regulation to finish at 9-under, two shots clear of runner up Jason Day. They then split the fairway with their tee balls in the first playoff hole, No. 18. Both spun approaches off the green, chipped up close (starting to get the theme here?) and both went on to No. 10.

After Scott’s 3 wood found the fairway, Cabrera annihilated a 3-iron into the short grass. They remained step-for-step as both players again reached the green and had makeable putts for birdie, with Scott’s ball slightly closer to the hole. Cabrera missed, Scott made and the ghost of Greg Norman’s misfortune was exorcised from the grounds of Augusta forever.

“Es un gran jugador y de verdad lo merece,” said Angel Cabrera at the completion of the tournament, describing Adam Scott. “He is a great player and he truly deserves it.”

Greatness was thrust upon Scott at an early age. His first professional win came on the European Tour in 2001, at the age of 21. He won his first big event three years later in the U.S., surviving a final-hole glitch at The Players. In 2011, his outstanding performance at the Masters was overshadowed by Charl Schwartzel’s closing stretch. In 2012, he seemed to have the British Open in his grasp, only to lose the lead and the tournament on the final green.

Click here to see the equipment Scott had in the bag at the Masters.

The 2013 Masters was a crossroads for Adam Scott. A loss to Cabrera might have meant another dagger to the psyche and the ego. In the end, Scott was up to the challenge and may have arrived as the player for whom much was predicted.

Thirteen golfers began Sunday at the Masters within five strokes of the lead, including co-leaders Brandt Snedeker and Cabrera, who won the Masters in 2009. Snedeker went the wrong way from No. 2 onward, making one more birdie to go with four bogeys. It seemed as if his day had ended early. Cabrera would be in the thick of the competition all day, as El Pato (“the duck” in Spanish, Cabrera’s nickname) was at home in the gentle rain. His 2009 victory at Augusta would confirm his quiet confidence.

Day had a birdie-eagle start and seized the lead from Snedeker (who birdied No. 1) and Cabrera. Day would bogey Nos. 6 and 9 holes to give two shots back, then rebounded with a birdie on No. 13 to close within one of Cabrera. Day made another bogey at No. 17 and there were two at the top, one a stroke behind. Day was unable to coax home a birdie from 20 feet on No. 18 and came up one stroke shy.

At 5:45, Tiger Woods found himself two strokes out of the lead. If those strokes sounded familiar, they were precisely the penalty licks he received on Friday, after taking an improper drop on No. 15. Who knows what might have happened if he and the field had seen his name on top the leader board at that juncture.

With four holes to go at 6 p.m., Australia liked its odds. Day, Scott and Marc Leishman occupied three of the top-four spots on the leader board. Day made birdie on No. 15 to take a two-stroke lead as Scott watched from the fairway. Day’s countryman then zipped an iron in to 20 feet for a run at eagle and a tie for the lead. Moments later, Leishman’s chances at victory ended as he came up feet short of the green and caromed backward into the pond of despair alongside the Sarazen bridge.

Cabrera’s wild-slice approach found the left greenside bunker, but he was unable to get up and down for a birdie to tie the leaders. Scott left himself 20 feet to take the lead on No. 16, but could not convert. If things weren’t dramatic enough, they quickened the pulse yet again. Cabrera birdied No. 16 and narrowly missed taking the lead with a birdie putt that creased the edge of the hole. At this moment, an entire antipodean population must have wondered if its hearts would again be broken by divinely-played intervention.

On No. 18, Scott drove ball in rough just shy of fairway bunkers. His approach, played to the right side of the green, caught the slope and trundled down to about 30 fee from the hole. Unlike in 2009, when he drove it in the woods on No. 18, Cabrera split the middle with a knife-like drive. After missing putts left, right and short on the previous three holes, Scott drained his birdie and forced Cabrera to make three to tie. Proving that ducks run cold blood through their bodies, Cabrera stuffed his approach to three feet, bringing on the playoff.

The playoff could have been another stumbling block for Scott, but this time he survived to win Australia’s first-ever green jacket.

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Ronald Montesano writes for from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.



  1. Chris

    Apr 20, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I keep hearing tradition and then I note that the long/belly putter has been used since the game was invented. Seems pretty traditional to me.

    What would be nice is if people took time to educate themselves rather than regurgitating 10 second sound lips they heard on TV.

    Same as our voting public, we have “low information” people trolling our golf sites….

  2. Steve St. Clair

    Apr 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Hey, G, why don’t you move on to some other game that you can respect. Leave golf to those of us with lower standards than you that still enjoy the game, respect the game, and the players. Seems like you might suffer from broomstick envy…

  3. Tim

    Apr 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

    The Masters did not disappoint again! Wonderful, exciting to the end.

    As to what the pubilc (non-playing) thinks of golf, I think they found more than enough to prove the game instills character and perseverance in the players, both professional and amateur. Perhaps things that not all the “public” truly understands.

    I felt for Jason Day, but he will be there again. I felt for Brad, but his time will come. I felt for Tiger, but he will gain confidence knowing he overcame the penalty to again be “in the mix” as he calls it.

    No other tournament has the drama to the end that the Masters does!

    • G

      Apr 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Oh I think the general public understands plenty. If they’re not playing golf, then they’re playing tennis, into the NBA, the NFL, the NHL, and if not, then, soccer, Track & Field, etc etc.
      I think the public knows there is something not quite right with golf at the moment for the game to attract such rules arguments even among the veterans of the game, including the legends like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. I think they are fully aware that when the government body in the USGA comes out not necessary a rule change, but a firm decision on the rules which had been rather weakly defined, to finally become the law for future generations to level off the game.

      The public understands. They see it everywhere else. A lot of the public still thinks it’s a silly game that they can pick up in their retirement and expect to play like the legends or like Woods just by buying the same exact equipment advertised on TV, and that those of us who have been playing it for their entire lives have no right to mock the newcomers because, in the end, the newcomers don’t care what the rules are, they just want to play.
      Is that what the games is all about? The rules are meant to be broken and ignored and argued, for the sake of the “enjoyment” of the game? Is that what Adam Scott has been given, a license to just enjoy the game like everybody else with equipment that looks like it doesn’t belong in golf?

  4. llamont

    Apr 15, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Well done, Adam! I’m glad to see genuinely classy person and a ferocious competitor (at the same darned time) win their first major in a tournament that was so “eventful”. Cheers!!!

  5. Derek

    Apr 15, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I’m going to have to agree with Ronaldo and Pat.

    Although I’m not in favour of the anchored putters (belly and chest alike) because of it’s complete runaway of “tradition” so to speak; also you could argue that under NORMAL circumstances it might help a below average putter become average… by no means does it make good putters great and average putters good.

    Moving on, to their point, the best putters in the game are all using conventional putters with conventional grips: a la Tiger and Snedeker; arguably the two best putters in the game today.

    Also, if you’ve forgotton that ALL of the rules are in “the book” as you call it, then you have lost touch with the game, not everyone else. The rules of golf are pretty clear cut, hence why Tiger suffered a 2 stroke penalty for dropping the ball further from the described proximity and being saved from DQ thanks to the new rule which might save a golfer if a decision is made after he has signed what would be a good score-card if it wasn’t altered by the committee after the game.

    And lastly, although I simpathize with Guan, Chamblee explained it quite well when he said that all players are slow, but experienced players know how to circumvent the rule, Ie. walking slowly and allowing their caddy to reach the ball first and make 80% of the decision before the player gets there… etc. Obviously Guan doesn’t know this because he’s 14 playing in a PGA Tour event (let alone the Master’s) for the first time…

    Ps. Golf gods exist because he made the cut anyways. Cheers.

  6. phase3golf

    Apr 15, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Well done Adam, “monkey” of the back so to speak and C’mon Aussie!!!

  7. Patrick Millard

    Apr 15, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Well said roland
    If scotty could put he would have won this by 4 or 5 strokes.

  8. Ryan

    Apr 15, 2013 at 12:12 am

    One of the best Masters I’ve ever seen. I really enjoyed it.

  9. Ronald Montesano

    Apr 15, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Did you see Scott miss the eagle putt on 15, the birdie putt on 16 and the birdie putt on 17? You can’t tell me that it has salvaged his putting game. He won with his tee to green game, not with his scrambling and his 6-10 feet putts.

    It’s terrific that you “dedicated players” will continue to educate the laypeople (sic).

    I found this to be a wondrous week in golf. The game survived two controversies (Guan and Woods) and gave us a magical ending in spite of a day of wretched conditions.

    • G

      Apr 15, 2013 at 2:36 am

      Not arguing the ones he missed – he missed plenty, yes – but at the same time, how would he have been had he used a normal, non-anchored putter at a normal length, of say, 35 inches? He tried experimenting again earlier this year, thinking that the rules would be in place immediately, and when he found out it wasn’t, he was quick to drop that and go right back to the broomstick.

      Could he have putted so well over the past couple of years had he been forced to use a conventional 35 incher. The answer is unequivocally, no. Otherwise he would have never picked up the broomstick in the first place if he was able to make putts.

  10. G

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    This is as low and as bad as a golf tournament gets, with all its controversies, and ending with yet another controversy.

    What a terrible Masters it turned out to be. Memorable for sure, as the rules will be examined through and through by the experts and beginners alike.

    But the game looks bad to the general public who doesn’t really know golf or its weird rules. This tournament did not help the game any. We’re going to be made to look like a bunch of fools investing all this time into a game that really don’t have a strict set of rules for anything at all, including equipment, where everything is sort of heresay and allowed, for the sake of being nice to each other and yet not to a young kid who wants to get in on the game, being made a scapegoat, at a time when we’re desperately trying to attract more players to the game overall.

    I’m already hearing how pathetic golfers are, from people around me who don’t play the game, at the silliness and pettiness of the game, for exactly the above reasons outlined above.

    I do feel a bit ashamed that the game has got this low with so much bickering and un-gentlemanly conduct all around, with wishy-washy officiating that mean absolutely nothing because they no longer appear to be rules at all to the layperson watching the proceedings. I was asked – “so is it a rule in the book, or not?” And I had no real reply.

    And here comes the anchoring debate. I feel for Scott, but then again, I don’t. His career has obviously been resurrected by that wretched broomstick thing, which now must be considered the decisive proof, that the devilish tool can, in fact, help those who need that sort of help. There should be no more argument, but alas – to the laypeople, they have no idea with what conundrum us dedicated players must now contend.

    A sad week in golf.

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With the PGA Tour playing north of the border this week, GolfWRX stayed in the States and headed to the Korn Ferry Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am.

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Morning 9: Rory: Feel like sacrificial lamb | Monahan on hypocrisy | Greg: LIV here to stay



By Ben Alberstadt with Gianni Magliocco.

For comments: [email protected]

Good Thursday morning, golf fans, as the fallout from wildest week in the sport’s history continues.

1. McIlroy: Hard for me not to feel…like a sacrificial lamb

Joel Beall for Golf Digest…“To those who sensed that McIlroy might be feeling betrayed after Tuesday’s stunning announcement between the tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, well, you’re right.”

  • “It’s hard for me to not sit up here and feel somewhat like a sacrificial lamb and feeling like I’ve put myself out there and this is what happens.” McIlroy said Wednesday at the RBC Canadian Open.”
  • “McIlroy, who spearheaded a player-led initiative that restructured and saved the PGA Tour, said he was not informed of the tour’s decision until Tuesday morning and that it wasn’t PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan who told him but PGA Tour board member Jimmy Dunne. When asked if he still had confidence in Monahan, McIlroy took a pause before responding, “I do.”
  • “I’ve dealt with Jay a lot closer than a lot of those guys have. From where we were a couple of weeks ago to where we are today, I think the future of the PGA Tour looks brighter as a whole, as an entity,” McIlroy said. “What that looks like for individual players in terms of keeping a tour card and bringing players back into the fold and then that sacrifices other people, that’s where the anger comes from, right. And I understand that.”
Full piece.

2. McIlroy hopes LIV goes away, offers support for Monahan

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach…”I still hate LIV,” McIlroy said. “Like, I hate LIV. I hope it goes away, and I would fully expect that it does. I think that’s where the distinction here is. This is the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and the PIF — very different from LIV.”

  • “McIlroy, one of the PGA Tour’s most outspoken loyalists during its 18-month battle with the LIV Golf tour for the best players in the world, said he still has confidence in PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan but that “it’s hard for me to not sit up here and feel somewhat like a sacrificial lamb and feeling like I’ve put myself out there and this is what happens.”
  • “Monahan has been criticized for keeping PGA Tour members, including McIlroy, in the dark during negotiations with Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which is financing LIV Golf.”
  • “I do,” McIlroy said about having confidence in Monahan. “And, look, I’ve dealt with Jay a lot closer than a lot of those guys have. From where we were a couple of weeks ago to where we are today, I think the future of the PGA Tour looks brighter as a whole, as an entity.”
Full piece.

3. Monahan on “hypocrisy” and lack of transparency

Monahan on his lack of transparency…“There’s no question that yesterday was a setback, and I’ve had setbacks before and in terms of rebuilding the trust it begins with having conversation like I had through the night last night and being here in the morning and talking to players and explaining to them this deal and how this is a great outcome for every PGA Tour member and the game. I don’t expect everybody to understand right off the bat. I think this is going to take some time but when you look out over the horizon I’m entirely confident when I talk to our players that this is where I’m going to take them. That’s essentially where we are right now.

  • “The PGA Tour is in a control position. We have a lot of flexibility in our business. We have an opportunity through productive capital to reinvest in our Tour and our membership and reinvest in our game. When anyone looks 3, 5, 10 years down the road, I’m confident that those results will be delivered.”

Monahan on ‘owning his hypocrisy’

  • “I understand the criticism I’m receiving around the hypocrisy and me being hypocritical given my commentary and my actions over the last couple of years. As we went forward and reached a compromise, that was one of my great considerations. Any hypocrisy I have to own, nobody else. That’s on me. It shouldn’t be directed at the membership, that’s on me. As we sit here today, I’m confident we did the best thing for the game and the best thing for all of our members.”
Full piece.

4. More on the player meeting

Via Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…“People would be more open to it if it were this conversation two years ago before all the s— started,” said the anonymous player. “The Tour messed up in the beginning and took such a hard stance. … To go back on his words literally a year later after making all these changes. Honestly, the PGA Tour is in a good spot with all the designated events and the changes. But I also think the litigation is the real reason [for the merger]. … I think LIV was going to be perfectly fine dragging out the court case. There’s a lot of stuff.”

  • “And even after one of the spiciest player meetings in Tour history, there are still many questions.”
  • “Appearing later Tuesday night on a live stream hosted by Monday Q Info’s Ryan French, Bryan was asked by French if he felt any better after leaving the meeting.”
  • “No,” Bryan answered, with little hesitation, “but there’s nobody in that situation – when you get completely blindsided by someone that’s been saying one thing for the last year and a half and all a sudden the script get 180 degrees flipped, there’s nobody that’s going to stand up in 45 minutes, or however long he spoke for, and is going to change anybody’s opinion on the matter.”
  • “Wagner felt that Monahan “kept his calm and his cool,” with the commissioner even admitting at one point that he had not been transparent in this instance.”
Full piece.

5. No suspended players at Ryder Cup?

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner…”In a memo to players Wednesday, DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley reiterated that the joint commitment between his circuit, the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund doesn’t change the short-term prospects of the LIV players who resigned their European tour membership last month.”

  • “Nine players resigned their membership May 3 because of sanctions they faced after an arbitration panel sided with the European tour: Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Richard Bland, Martin Kaymer, Dean Burmester and Paul Casey. Pelley said in the letter that any fines and suspensions imposed remain in effect.”
  • “….Pelley used the same verbiage – “difficult and highly unlikely” – to describe the likelihood that any of those players could be reinstated and join the European Ryder Cup team later this year.”
Full piece.

6. Loyalists will be rewarded

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner…”Jay Monahan promised Wednesday that the superstars who rejected offers from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to remain loyal to the Tour will be compensated in some fashion.”

  • “He just doesn’t yet know how.”
  • “Their loyalty will be rewarded,” Monahan said Wednesday in an interview on “Golf Today”.
  • “I’m going to spend every single waking hour as we move forward here, we finalize this agreement and we move into the future, that the players that have created the PGA Tour, have created this pro-competitive, legacy-driven juggernaut, that have articulated and supported the direction that we’re going on – ultimately, the decision we made, I believe, is going to make it better for all of our players, and loyalty, ultimately, as a leader, always needs to be rewarded.
  • “How that manifests itself is something I’m going to spend a lot of time working on. And I think when we’re having this conversation down the road, that’s something I look forward to being more specific about.”
Full Piece.

7. Norman: LIV will continue

ESPN’s Bob Harig…”Norman, who was not mentioned in any of the news releases associated with the agreement between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and Public Investment Fund that was announced Tuesday, told more than 100 people on a 30-minute call that LIV will see no operational changes and that work is already being done on a 2025 schedule.”

  • “The spigot is now wide open for commercial sponsorships, blue-chip companies, TV networks,” Norman said according to a person on the call who wished not to be identified.”
  • “LIV is and will continue to be a standalone enterprise. Our business model will not change. We changed history and we’re not going anywhere.”
Full Piece.

8. Shackelford’s conclusion

Literally and figuratively the final paragraphs of his Quad column…”The major championship organizations also must feel more secure knowing they draw larger audiences and have history as an eternal draw for players and fans. They’ll still face pressures due to the PGA Tour mismanaging the threat at every turn and showing a willingness to sell out. But unlike Monahan’s Tour taking their eye off the ball so regularly, the USGA, R&A, Augusta National and PGA of America have certainly not morphed into marketing machines oblivious to their missions.”

  • “For some time it’s been pretty clear that the “player run” Tour cannot be trusted to do what’s best for anything but 200 golfers and 200 Vice Presidents. Partners like the LPGA Tour and networks have taken a back seat to self interests at every turn. Tuesday’s monumental and gross news only reaffirms how the new pro golf entity should not be entrusted with decisions of substance that might influence a sport played by 70 million people worldwide.”
  • “Because a glorious and thriving game that has been played for centuries will carry on tomorrow even if His Excellency grows bored and shuts it all down. And for those saddened by the PGA Tour acquiescing, just think of the coming comedy. Giant egos will be squashed, grave dancers who rejoiced Tuesday will get egg on their face, raging hypocrites will be exposed, and unexpected bright spots will help us appreciate the good people unfairly caught up in this mess.”
Full Piece.

9. Just like Tiger

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Spotted: Custom Titleist Vokey 64-degree W Grind wedge for Joey Garber



Golfers on professional tours use a wide range of wedge lofts to hit the shots they need in order to score well. Not many of us amateurs go with a high-lofted lob wedge like Joey Garber’s 64-degree Vokey. His Vokey is a prototype but there was a 64 W Grind that was available to us in a limited edition through Vokey’s WedgeWorks program. The W Grind offers a wider, low-bounce, sole for firm conditions and courses with lots of elevated greens.

Vokey describes the 64 W Grind

“The 64W is a unique wedge made for players who play in firm conditions, golf courses with elevated greens and tricky short-sided lies. This wedge is made for the player with quick hands who likes to see the ball elevate quickly, the fearless player who isn’t afraid to attack any pin. The sole is a medium-width sole with slight camber and an effective bounce of 4°.”

It looks like Garber’s wedge might have a little more bounce than the retail model as we see a “9” stamped in the Proto stamping on the toe. He has also gone with what looks like a raw steel finish over the retail model’s black finish.

A Mitsubishi MMT Scoring Wedge 125 TX is the shaft of choice and the wedge is finished off with a Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord grip.

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