Masters notebook: Australians have their day at Augusta with 3 in top 4

2013-04-15T00:00:00Z Masters notebook: Australians have their day at Augusta with 3 in top 4The Associated Press The Associated Press
April 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

AUGUSTA, Ga. - It was a g'day for all the Australians.

Not only did Adam Scott win the Masters on Sunday, ending the country's agonizing drought at Augusta National, Jason Day and Marc Leishman gave Australia three golfers in the top four.

Day finished third, while Leishman and Tiger Woods tied for fourth.

"I'm a proud Australian," Scott said, "and I hope this sits really well back at home."

Day seemed to have the best shot at winning after taking a two-stroke lead with three holes to go. But he made bogeys on the next two holes to fall a stroke behind, then ran a birdie putt that would have put him back in the lead a foot past the hole on 18. As the ball rolled past the cup, Day crouched down and put a hand to his face.

It's the second time he's faltered down the stretch at the Masters, finishing second in 2011.

"I think pressure got to me a little bit," said Day, who finished two strokes behind Scott and Angel Cabrera.

Leishman was never really a threat to win. But few even expected him to be on the leaderboard.

He's ranked 108th in the world, and his only PGA Tour win was last year at Travelers. He'd missed the cut in four of his previous seven tournaments.

Oh, this was only his second appearance at the Masters, too. In his first, a year ago, he missed the cut.

Masters rookie finishes 11th

For a guy who'd never been to Augusta National before, John Huh figured the place out pretty quickly.

Not only did Huh get an automatic invite to next year's Masters by finishing 11th, he also took home a nice piece of crystal after an eagle on the par-5 15th.

"That's what I'm really looking forward to receiving," Huh said.

Asked how he knew about the prize, the Masters rookie said someone told him about it during a practice round.

"They told me, 'Every time you eagle you get crystal.' So that's what I was looking forward to," Huh said.

Huh was hovering on the edge of the cut line after going 70-77 the first two days. But he made it by one stroke, then climbed up the leaderboard with a 71 on Saturday. He followed that with a 4-under 68 on Sunday, the second-best score of the day.

That tied him for 11th, with Tim Clark, and ensured he'll be back next year. The top 12 players are guaranteed entry into next year's tournament.

Tough week for Mickelson

Playing poorly is always a disappointment for Phil Mickelson.

Doing it at the Masters only makes it worse.

Lefty tied for 54th , his worst finish in the 20 times he's made the cut at the Masters. The only time he's scored worse than his 9-over-297 was in 2007 (299), when conditions were brutal.

"I just had an off year, I don't know what to tell you," the three-time Masters champion said. "This was disappointing for me in that this is my favorite place in the world to play. This is my favorite place to be, my favorite tournament and the one I look forward to the day after it ends. And to perform like this is disappointing."

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