A terrific conclusion to the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. – What a finish! Once again, the world’s most famous invitational golf tournament provided a climax better than any Hollywood script. Adam Scott’s 12 foot putt on the second playoff hole not only won him his first major and a green jacket, but made him the first Australian to win a Masters Championship.

The weather was a big factor today with the greens slowing down no matter how much the driers under them worked. (Augusta National has a highly sophisticated moisture removal system under every green.) Putting may have been a little easier, but it was also the most important factor for everyone coming down the stretch. Key putts were missed by all the contenders.

Let’s finish this masters with a quick look at the day’s lowlights and highlights:

Lowlights: Kevin Na and Bubba Watson made every weekend golfer feel better about their games by carding a pair of 10s – yes, tens – on the par-3 12th hole. Both players rinsed three balls from the tee and proceeded to bumble their ways to double digits.

The weather was a problem for both players and patrons alike, slowing play and making it difficult to enjoy watching.

Highlights: A terrific tight finish with three players very close all the way to the end and then two making clutch birdies on 18 to get into their playoff

The first major for a very likable Australian who has been close on several occasions.

A 14 year-old golfer from China not only making the cut but finishing as the low amateur. I wonder how much more we will hear about Tianglang Guan.

The playoff finished on the green where I am stationed during regulation play, just like last year.

The best egg salad and pimento cheese sandwiches on the planet and only $1.50 each.

Augusta National, one of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet.

More golf on the fairways and greens blog next week.

Ian Grant is a PGA teaching professional and a member of the teaching faculty of the PGA of America. He can be contacted at Oak Brook Golf Club 630-990-3032 in the summer and White Pines Golf Dome in Bensenville 630-422-1060 in the winter. You can contact Ian directly at 708-917-8951, or at Iansgolf@aol.com.