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As it happened: Scott wins US Masters

By Chris Matthews

Published: 6:58AM Monday April 15, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Follow live updates of the final round of the US Masters from Augusta.

11:40am - Adam Scott wins!!!

Cabrera's putt was just millimetres away from catching the lip and rolling in. But Adam Scott stands up and rolls his 15 foot putt in! He makes history to become the first Aussie to win at the Masters. Report and video to come!

11:35am - Classic putt-off!

Cabrera's approach shot with a seven-iron is safely on the green and Scott follows him up with arguably a better shot. Both are a good chance of birdie here! A classic putt-off coming up!

11:30am - Solid tee shots

Both golfers safely on the fairway on the par-four 10th. Earlier in the day Scott made par here and Cabrera bogeyed.

11:25am - Another playoff hole!

Cabrera's chip shot went agonisingly close to going in for birdie but just shaves the pin. Scott's chip shot is more conservative but he ends up sinking his par and Cabrera follows suit. We are now heading to the 10th!

11:20am - Carbon Copy

Scott's approach shot rolls off the green and Cabrera follows suit with a carbon copy. Nothing can separate them here!

11:15am - Scott tees off first in playoff

Adam Scott walks back on to the 18th with chants of "Queenslander" ringing in his ear. What is this? State of Origin? Nevertheless, both Scott and Cabrera play lovely tee shots down the fairway and they are side by side. What tension!

11:08am - Leaderboard after 72 holes

-9 Adam Scott - playoff
-9 Angel Cabrera  - playoff
-7 Jason Day 
- 5 Marc Leishman 
-5 Tiger Woods

11:05am - PGA of Australia caught out on Twitter

The PGA of Australia has been criticised on Twitter during the final round of the Masters for tweeting that "we need a mistake" from Miguel Cabrera.
  
With Jason Day, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman all contending for a first green jacket for any Australian, the PGA of Australia tweeted: "We need a mistake from the big hitting Argentine down 13."
  
A few minutes later, the ruling body for golf in Australia was criticised by a California follower: "Really? (hash)badssportsmanship."
  
The PGA 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, with Day taking over. - AAP

11:02am - Playoff!

And there was no curse of the commentator today! Cabrera makes no mistake with the straightforward birdie putt and we are heading to a playoff folks.

11am - Don't celebrate yet Australia!

Angel Cabrera has played an amazing second approach shot on the 18th to be just a couple of feet away from the pin. He will surely sink this...... Here comes a playoff!

10:55am - Adam Scott sinks clutch put!

Wow! Adam Scott has sunk a monster 20 foot putt to birdie the final hole and jump to nine under. That was clutch! And the gallery is going wild as he high fives Steve Williams. Now it's all up to Cabrera.... can he birdie the final hole to send this to a playoff?

10:45am - Cabrera misses birdie

Angel Cabrera has missed his birdie on the 17th hole by the slimmest of margins. His eight foot putt just skimmed the outside of the hole. No doubt the rain came into play here. Day has meanwhile signed off at seven under and barring disaster, he will finish third. So either Argentina or Australia will win this... who you got?

10:40am - Scott misses birdie putt at 17

If Scott doesn't go on to win this, he will rue his putting on this wet Augusta day. He has had quite a few opportunities for birdie but his long putter has often come up short.

10:35am - Tiger signs off

Tiger Woods has finished at five-under for the tournament and is currently outright fifth. He will be pleased to know that even without the two-shot penalty, his score would probably not be good enough to win.

10:32am - The Kiwi connection

Who could forget that the caddy of Adam Scott is the one and only Steve Williams of New Zealand? If Scott wins, will this be the 'greatest' win of his career?

10:30am - Here comes Cabrera

Angel Cabrera has birdied the par-three 16th to jump to eight under. He shares the lead now with Adam Scott after Day tragically found the sand on the par-four 17th and bogeyed to drop to seven under.

Leaderboard

-8 Jason Day after 16 holes
-8 Adam Scott after 16 holes
-7 Angel Cabrera after 15 holes
- 6 Marc Leishman after 15 holes 
-5 Tiger Woods after 17 holes

10:15am -  Adam and Jason lead

Adam Scott has birdied the par-five 15th to join Day on top of the leaderboard at eight under. Day unfortunately bogeyed the 16th. This is going to go down to the wire and wouldn't it be a great story to see Scott win after he faded badly at the British Open last year?

10:05am - Day creates two-shot buffer

Jason Day's red hot final round continues. He has birdied his third consecutive hole, the par-five 15th, to climb nine under. He is now four under for the day and has a two shot lead over compatriot Scott and Cabrera. Can Day become the first Aussie to win the Masters?  

9:50am - Backing the Aussies

It's not often in sport that Kiwis back our Aussie mates to win in sport. Remember the Rugby World Cup? But this might just be the exception. With no New Zealanders in the top echelon of golf, I personally would love to see either Day or Scott win. Am I alone?

9:45am - Drama! Day is in the lead

Jason Day has birdied his second consecutive hole, the par-four 14th, to climb to eight under and claim the outright lead. Cabrera meanwhile has dropped to seven under after his second shot found the water on the par-five 13th.

9:40am - Great Scott! Here comes Adam

Adam Scott has joined his compatriot Jason Day at seven under after he birdied the par-five 13th. 

9:30am - Day back on track

It ain't over yet folks! Young Aussie hope Day has birdied the par-five 13th to climb to seven under to be just one shot behind Cabrera.

9:25am - Brandt bogeys again

Snedeker has bogeyed two holes in a row and is five under after 11 holes, three shots behind Cabrera. The three Aussies - Day, Leishman and Scott - are tied for second at six under.

9:05am - Cabrera drops shot

Cabrera has dropped his first shot of the day at the par-fourth 10th to fall to eight under. He is still two shots ahead of Day, Scott and Snedeker, who also bogeyed the 10th.

8:40am - Day drops another

Day has bogeyed the par-four ninth to drop to six under while Snedeker has birdied the par-five eighth to jump to seven under. Cabrera is looking rock solid still and remains at nine under after eight holes.

8:15pm - Caberera creates two shot buffer

2009 champion Angel Caberera has birdied the par-four seventh to jump to nine under. A wonderful iron shot on to the green left the big Argentinean with a simple tap in and he is looking good for another green jacket.

8:10pm - Leaderboard

-8 Angel Caberera after six holes
-7 Jason Day after seven holes
-6 Brandt Snedeker after six holes 
-6 Adam Scott after six holes  
-4 Marc Leishman after nine holes

7:50am - Snedeker slumps further

Overnight leader Snedeker has dropped his second shot of the day at the par-four fifth hole. He is now tied for third with Adam Scott at six under, two shots behind Caberera. Day remains at seven under.

7:45am - Day drops shot

After a red-hot start, young Aussie Day has missed a relatively straight forward par putt at the par-three sixth to drop to seven under. Caberera is now all alone at the top at eight under.

7:35am - Rain falls

Rain has begun to lightly fall at Augusta National and this has coincided with Brandt Snedeker dropping a shot at the par-three fourth. So Caberera and Day are now the co-leaders at eight under.

7:25am - Tiger struggles

After controversially being penalised two strokes yesterday, Tiger Woods hopes of winning his first major in five years are fading. He has just bogeyed the par-four fifth hole to drop to two under, six strokes behind the leading trifecta.

7:10am - Caberera in three-way lead

Big Argentinean Angel Caberera has missed an eagle opportunity at the second hole but taps in for birdie to share the lead with Day and Snedeker.

7am - Day roars into lead

Welcome to onenews.co.nz's live updates of the final round of the first and arguably most prestigious Major of the year.

Overnight co-leader Brandt Snedeker has just teed off and made a birdie on his first hole, but we can report that two-time winner Bernard Langer and Aussie hope Jason Day have made the hotest starts to the day.

The German veteran has made three birdies in his first four hours while Day has made an eagle on the second hole - an incredible chip in from the bunker - to share the lead with Snedeker at eight under.

Here is a quick look at the leaderboard as it stands:

-8 Jason Day after two holes
-8 Brandt Snedeker after one hole
-7 Angel Caberera
-5 Bernhard Langer after four holes
-5 Marc Leishman after one hole
-5 Adam Scott after one hole

Early starters go low

Some of the early starters took advantage of calm conditions in today's final round at Augusta National.

Former PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, paired with a non-playing marker in the first group of the day, birdied four of the last five holes to shoot a three-under-par 69 under overcast skies.

Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and American Ryan Moore closed with 68s while American Michael Thompson, also of the United States, fired a six-birdie 67 to hold the clubhouse lead at two-over 290.

The loudest roars of the day, however, echoed around the 18th green after China's 14-year-old Guan Tianlang, the feel-good story of the tournament, two-putted for par to sign off with a 75.

The youngest competitor ever at the Masters, Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Guan had already clinched the silver cup awarded to the low amateur at the Masters after becoming the youngest player to make the cut at a major championship.

"The whole week was great for me," a remarkably composed and thoughtful Guan told reporters after finishing at 12-over-par. "I really enjoy it, and I'm having fun. I learned a lot.

"It's not easy to play here, to make the cut and be low amateur. I think I did a pretty good job this week and can't believe it's over."

Low scoring was by no means a common theme among the early starters as three-times Masters champion Phil Mickelson concluded a disappointing week with a 73 to finish at nine over.

Northern Irish world number two Rory McIlroy, whose Masters title bid was derailed by his third-round 79, was at two over with two holes to play.

Most eyes, however, were beginning to focus on the business end of the leaderboard where American Snedeker and Argentina's Angel Cabrera, the 2009 champion, held a one-stroke advantage at seven under over Australian Adam Scott.

Four-times champion Tiger Woods, an overwhelming favourite at the start of the week, was four strokes off the pace and still in with a chance of clinching his 15th major title, but his first in five years.

- With Reuters

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