Three Aussies in position to break 'duck'


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Adam Scott is in position to win a major championship. Again.

Mark Leishman and Jason Day are in the hunt too.

Most mainstream fans may not realize that these three are linked, but they are all from Australia. Those with any sense of Masters history know that an Australian has never won the Masters. It’s called the Aussie duck. Duck is a cricket term for “zero.”

Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera are tied for the lead at 7 under. Scott is one shot behind; Leishman and Day are two off the pace.

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Scott has had the most major close calls among the trio. He has eight top-10 finishes in majors, including four the last two years. Two years ago at the Masters Scott was clipped by Charl Schwartzel. Last year at the British Open, everyone remembers the epic meltdown the last four holes that allowed Ernie Els to claim a second claret jug. Those were the two biggest that got away.

The closest an Australian has come to winning the Masters was Greg Norman in 1996. But he had one of the most epic collapses in major-championship history and Nick Faldo cruised to victory.

“I know he’s going to be excited watching the outcome tomorrow,” Scott said of Norman. “It’s going to be an amazing Sunday again here at the Masters.”