Masters reflections: Adam Scott’s winning putt

Adam Scott reflects on holing the winning putt in a play-off against Angel Cabrera in the 2013 Masters at Augusta National

Adam Scott meet and greet
Adam Scott talks to the Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte ahead of the 2014 Masters

Adam Scott reflects on holing the winning putt in a play-off against Angel Cabrera in the 2013 Masters at Augusta National

Words: Robin Barwick

Since the 2013 Masters, it has been reported far and wide how champion Adam Scott asked his caddie Steve Williams to read the winning putt for him, but the full story on the conversation between Scott and Williams on the 10th green was only revealed last night, as Scott spoke to guests of Mercedes-Benz at a dinner in Augusta.

Scott was faced with a 12-foot birdie putt with a left-to-right break on the 10th green to win the Masters, on the second sudden-death play-off hole against Argentina’s Angel Cabrera. Both players had started the play-off with pars on 18, and Cabrera had narrowly missed his birdie attempt on the 10th.

“I don’t ask Steve to read putts for me normally,” started Scott last night, sitting on stage with the Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte. “I only tend to ask him if the putt is quite straight, and if I can’t decide if it is just right of centre, or just left. Steve is a good green reader, but I think I am a pretty good green reader as well, and you don’t want to confuse the issue too much! Sometimes it is a case of, sit back Steve and I will play for a bit!

“On the 10th hole it was getting dark and my eyes are not the best in that kind of light. When you have got a guy like Steve on your bag, everything he says is very positive and delivered with conviction. This was the first time I had ever had a putt to win a major, and I thought to myself that it does not get any bigger than this. Steve has been going to Augusta for 30 years, so I said to him, ‘Have you ever seen this putt?’ and he said… ‘No.’

“You get it straight from Steve, every time!”

While Scott thought the putt would break by a cup’s width, Williams thought it would break by “at least two cups”. Scott went with Williams’ read, holed the putt and became the first Australian winner of the Masters.

“I have never played in an atmosphere like that on a golf course,” added Scott, in recalling the play-off. “It was late in the day, it was getting dark, it was raining and cool, and it felt like it was just true sports fans who were left, and there were a lot of them. It was a really raw atmosphere and it was a great to play golf in it.”

Scott tees off in the first round of the 12014 Masters on Thursday at 10:41am local time, in the company of American Jason Dufner and 19-year-old Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, the reigning US Amateur champion.

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Nick Bonfield
Features Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, writing, commissioning and coordinating all features across print and online. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x