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Scott and Day came close in 2011 at Augusta but were left stranded by South African champion Charl Schwartzel’s late run of four consecutive birdies, and the Australians finished tied for second.

Another Australian, 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, also was in the hunt that year, but finished tied for fourth, four shots behind. Ogilvy didn’t qualify this year.

Greg Norman made an art form out of not winning at Augusta. In 1986, Jack Nicklaus shot a 30 on the back nine to take the green jacket from him. In 1987, Larry Mize chipped in from 140 feet during a playoff to leave Norman second. In 1996, a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo wasn’t enough when Norman shot a final-round 78.

In his victory speech Sunday night, Scott was gracious in thanking his mentor: “Greg Norman has been incredible to me and all the young golfers in Australia. Part of this definitely belongs to him.”

Reached at his home in south Florida, Norman told The Associated Press: “I’m over the moon. Sitting there watching Adam, I had a tear in my eye. That’s what it was all about. It was Adam doing it for himself, and for the country.”

Norman was so nervous watching TV that he went to the gym when the final group made the turn. He headed home for the last four holes and was texting with friends, his emotions shifting with every putt.

“I can only imagine how everyone else felt when I was playing,” Norman said.

Australian politicians quickly got in on the act, with Prime Minister Gillard saying: “By any measure this is a historic day for Australian sport.” Sports Minister Kate Lundy said the high-profile win would inspire other Australians to take up the sport as golf returns to the Olympics at Rio in 2016.

Keith Urban, the Nashville-based country music star who grew up in Queensland state not far from Scott, tweeted: “ADAM SCOTT!!!! You are the man! Congrats mate. -KU.”

A lot of Urban’s mates appeared to agree, with nearly 400 congratulatory Scott retweets sent out not soon after.

The win seemed to transcend all sports in Australia, with former star cricketer Shane Warne calling Scott’s winning putt “absolutely awesome.” Rugby union international Quade Cooper hashtagged “fistpump” and said Scott’s new piece of wardrobe was the “coolest green jacket going around.”

There was a minor miscue Monday from the sport’s national governing body, the PGA of Australia. Late in the final round, it sent out a tweet saying: “We need a mistake from the big hitting Argentine down 13.”

A few minutes later, the PGA was criticized by a California follower: “Really? (hashtag)badsportsmanship.”

The PGA of Australia quickly tweeted a reply: “We shouldn’t wish bad luck for anyone and the previous tweet was bad sportsmanship Clearly let our enthusiasm get in the way.”

Cabrera hit into the creek on the 13th and later bogeyed the hole to fall out of the lead.

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