Scott wins first Australian Masters title
Adam Scott has won his first Australian Masters title after a tense shootout with defending champion Ian Poulter at Kingston Heath in Melbourne.
The pair played flawless golf during the final day in an exquisite display of classic match play.Adam Scott with the 2012 Australian Masters trophy (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“We got into that situation when it was match play,” said Scott who birdied the last hole for a five-under, 67, to win by four shots after Poulter could manage only an even-par 72 in his final round.
Scott won $A180,000 for what was his first tournament victory this year.
“It was great to be in that situation, Ian certainly pushed me the whole way. Winning is a habit and hopefully I can convert this gold jacket into a green one.”
Poulter enjoyed a one stroke lead overnight and started at 13-under, with Scott at 12-under par.
Adam Scott, winner of the 2012 Australian Masters (Photo: Anthony Powter)
From the outset, it was obvious the 2012 Australian Masters would be fought out with a duel between Scott, the world number five and Poulter ranked 16th.
It was quality golf as the pair swapped tee shots and birdie putts on Kingston Heath’s opening nine, with Scott carding five birdies for an opening 4-under-par 32 and Poulter carding three birdies to be out in 34.
The back nine proved more challenging with Poulter opening the gate for Scott with bogeys on the 12th, 14th and 17th.
Scott played the back nine bogey free, with a nice birdie on the 18th to claim a victory he later described as one of the sweetest in his career to date.
“I’ve grown up watching the Masters since I was a kid, so this has been somewhat a long time coming,” Scott said about accepting the famous trophy after been beaten in a play-off in 2002 and 2003.
“I’ve had some close calls about 10 years ago, so this is pretty sweet today to be in the gold jacket and to hold this trophy which I’ve been admiring since I was just a kid. This is a very special win.”
New Zealand pair Gareth Paddison and Mark Brown finished tied third, seven behind Scott.
Jake Higginbottom finished the top amateur in a tie for 10th position at 1-under.