16 Apr 2013

Australia's first green jacket an honour for Scott

6:13 am on 16 April 2013

Adam Scott says becoming the first Australian golfer to win The Masters is a real honour and amazing, and he hopes he's made his country proud - and perhaps even New Zealand.

The 32-year-old Queenslander beat 2009 champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina on the second hole of a play-off to don the famous green jacket at Augusta National.

Another Australian, Jason Day, was two shots back in third, while Tiger Woods finished in a tie for fourth.

Adam Scott's caddie is Woods' former bagman, the Wellington caddie Steve Williams, and the golfer says he can't quite believe he's snapped one of the country's great sporting hoodoos with his first major triumph, which is Williams' 14th.

Scott says he's a proud Australian and he hopes his victory sits really well back at home, and even across the Tasman, as he had Williams on his bag.

The golfer says it was a trans-Tasman partnership, with Williams offering some crucial advice on the winning putt.

Australians famously finished second outright or tied second eight times in the past at Augusta, including Adam Scott's tie for second two years ago.

Scott is the 10th Australian to win a men's major, and the first since Geoff Ogilvy in the 2006 US Open.