The sporting world was served a treat on Sunday evening as the 2013 Masters final round made the golf betting news headlines, splitting to a two-man showdown in a gripping playoff between Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera.
After four rounds of scintillating golf on probably the toughest course in the world, Australian Scott and his PGA Tour counterpart Cabrera drew level on eight under to force sudden death.
Those who bet on golf watched on intently as the pair walked back up the 18th to play their first extra hole. Both hit poor approach shots and saw their balls roll off the green down the near banking, but Cabrera pulled off a wonderful piece of mastery to almost chip in for birdie.
His effort pulled wide, however, and he sunk for par before Scott nailed his chip and putt to trigger a second hole.
The tension among Augusta’s gripped spectators was palpable yet the two men with all the pressure on their shoulders appeared the calmest on the course. Both set up birdie opportunities on the 10th hole and it became a scene of winner takes all.
This is how golf should be played: two world-class competitions going man to man for Green Jacket glory. Cabrera may have won the Masters in 2009 but that wouldn’t stop him giving his all to claim a second prize. He knows how much the Green Jacket changes a golfer’s life and a second sends it into the stratosphere.
The Argentinian again went first and his long put came within two inches of dropping in. Scott sensed his chanced and lined up the downhill putt with deft silence in the stands. His effort was firm and traveled smooth across the luscious surface, never dropping pace as it fell neatly into the hole to hand the Australian a maiden major title.
It was golf at its finest.