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The winning score – 9-under 279 – was the highest since Trevor Immelman’s 280 in 2008. It was also the first since 2008 that wasn’t double digits under par, though Scott did finish 10-under if the two playoff holes were counted.

Scott had come close before in major championships, including the Masters, where he tied for second in 2011 when Charl Schwartzel birdied the final four holes to win. In the 2012 British Open, Scott bogeyed his final four holes to lose by a shot to Ernie Els.

“I know that he deserved it, and that he was going to eventually win it like he did right now,” Cabrera said of Scott winning a major. “It was just a matter of time.”

Three years after Cabrera won the Masters on the second hole of sudden-death over Kenny Perry, the big man was at it again, trying to top off a big spring for Argentina, which started in mid-March when Cardinal Jorge Marion Bergoglio was named Pope. The victory would have also been sweet, coming on the 90th birthday of fellow Argentine Roberto de Vicenzo, who signed an incorrect scorecard in the final round of the 1968 Masters, costing him a chance to take Bob Goalby into a playoff.

It wasn’t to be Sunday for Cabrera, but not because of any late mistakes. He birdied Nos. 16 and 18 in regulation, nearly holed out a chip on the first playoff hole, then just missed his birdie putt on the second playoff hole.

“Well, it was the type of round that I expected,” Cabrera said. “I expected to score under par today, and I did, and I was able to get into the playoff.”

After Cabrera followed Scott’s 25-foot birdie on No. 18 in regulation to force the playoff, it was back down the hill to the 18th tee for the start of the playoff. Both men’s second shots finished short of the green, leaving them chips to the traditional front-left pin position.

After Cabrera nearly chipped his shot in for birdie, Scott left his 3 feet short, made it for par and then Cabrera tapped his in.

It was on the par-4 10th hole, where Cabrera beat Kenny Perry in 2009 in their playoff.

Both hit the green on No. 10. After Cabrera barely missed his 15-footer for birdie, Scott rolled in his 12-footer for the win.

It was a disappointing day for third-round co-leader Snedeker, who had been so confident after the third round.

“It’s just a tough day,” Snedeker said. “I really actually played pretty well. The greens really messed me up. I was so used to how fast they were yesterday and I left every putt short out there today. I could not get a putt to the hole. I did not do a good job of making adjustments and I’m disappointed. I was there for one reason, to win, and I didn’t do it, and I watched Angel play great. It was very, very disappointing.”

Snedeker said he was both frustrated and upset with the outcome.

“Any time have you a chance to win the Masters and you don’t come through, my life-long dream, you’re going to be upset, you’re going to cry, you know, but I’ll get through it,” he said.

Day bogeyed Nos. 16 and 17 and just missed a birdie on No. 18.

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