BRISBANE, Australia —
Horns honked in morning traffic. Yells could be heard from households in tightly packed neighborhoods. People talked about knowing, in years to come, exactly where they were when Scott won.
Shopkeepers at Peregian Beach, near a resort course designed by Adam’s father, Phil Scott, spoke of the pride of having a Masters champion from their neck of the woods. Phil Scott was with his son at Augusta.
At the Kooralbyn International School in the Gold Coast hinterland, where Scott spent his final three high school years before graduating in 1997, former schoolmasters remembered him as a “tall, skinny, string-bean sort of fellow.”
“But you could see he was determined,” school principal Geoff Mills told Fairfax Media. “He was determined back then and he hasn’t lost that grit and determination you need — not just for sport, but for life in general.”
Like Norman, Jack Newton is an Australian who knows what it’s like to be a Masters runner-up. He tied for second behind Seve Ballesteros in 1980.
Unlike Norman, a wealthy businessman who was in Florida keeping track of Scott’s progress, Newton was in outback New South Wales state for a junior golf clinic. He watched the final round on a motel TV in rural Forbes.
“It’s a wonder you didn’t hear my yelling in Queensland,” Newton said. “I’ve got to say when I looked at the leaderboard ... I thought ‘you bloody beauty.’ The 100-pound gorilla is gone.”
Scott and Norman share an affinity, and the connection was evident after the tournament in comments by both.
Scott thought he had won his first major title when he made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of regulation. He was sitting in the scoring room waiting for Cabrera to finish in the final group when the Argentine produced his own great shot to force a playoff.