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AUGUSTA, GA. (AP) - It was a g’day for all the Australians.
“I’m a proud Australian,” Scott said, “and I hope this sits really well back at home.”
Australia may not have the golf tradition of, say, Scotland or England. But Australians are big on sports of any kind, and they’ve been particularly ga-ga for golf since Greg Norman was one of the world’s best.
Norman’s misfortunes at Augusta National _ 1996, anyone? _ elevated the Masters to almost mythic proportions for Australian golfers, and every one of them knew they were playing not only for themselves but the whole country any time they got in contention.
Day seemed to have the best shot, taking a two-stroke lead with three holes to go. But he made bogeys on the next two holes to fall a stroke behind, then ran a birdie putt that would have put him back in the lead a foot past the hole on 18. As the ball rolled past the cup, Day crouched down and put a hand to his face.
It’s the second time he’s faltered won the stretch at the Masters, finishing second in 2011.
“It’s unfortunate. But I’m very happy with how things are going right now with Adam,” Day said as Scott was heading to his playoff with Cabrera. “I’m hoping he can be the first player, if it wasn’t me.”
Leishman was never really a threat to win. But few even expected him to be on the leaderboard.
He’s ranked 108th in the world, and his only PGA Tour win was last year at Travelers. He’d missed the cut in four of his previous seven tournaments.
Oh, this was only his second appearance at the Masters, too. In his first, a year ago, he missed the cut.
“Obviously it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to today, but I also had a great tournament,” said Leishman, who finished four strokes behind Scott after shooting his second straight 72. “It’s something to build on for the rest of the year, for sure.”
And now that the oh-fer streak is over, maybe there will be more green jackets in Australia’s future.
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