What We Learned: Scott's Masters win


Each week, GolfChannel.com offers thoughts on 'what we learned' from the world of golf. This week, our writers weigh in on all things Adam Scott, who beat Angel Cabrera in a thrilling playoff to win the Masters and claim his first major championship.

Adam Scott has the game to win the career grand slam. He won’t, but his game is suited for all majors. He’s won the Masters and proved last summer that he can win the British Open, even though he didn’t. Five top-12 finishes at the PGA Championship show he can win that when in good form. His U.S. Open record isn’t stellar but I wouldn’t rule him out this summer at Merion, a ballpark that will require strategy and precision. Don’t be surprised to see Scott knock off another two or three majors over the next five years. The floodgates are officially opened. – Jay Coffin

Adam Scott isn’t soft. In fact, he’s tougher than an Australian saltwater croc. Scott’s collapse at the British Open last year fueled questions about whether he had the internal moxie needed to break through and win his first major. Scott left no doubt Sunday at the Masters. He left no doubt bouncing back from that crushing loss at Royal Lytham & St. Annes last year, a defeat that could have spawned a legion of demon doubts. If Scott, in fact, had any, he slayed them with Sunday’s tough-guy performance. – Randall Mell

That the long putter’s days are numbered. Adam Scott’s victory on Sunday at the Masters completed the Anchoring Slam – following in the footsteps of Keegan Bradley (PGA Championship), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) and Ernie Els (British Open). The ruling bodies say the proposed ban on anchoring, which is expected to go for final approval sometime this spring, has nothing to do with Bradley & Co., but most observers agree we would have never arrived at this crossroads had it not been for such high-profile victories by players who anchor. Scott’s victory just made it a clean sweep, and probably an easier decision for the USGA and R&A.  Rex Hoggard

It looked like the golf gods hadn’t gotten the memo. Maybe they were out playing their member-guest this weekend or maybe Mother Nature had won the rights to this production in a cutthroat skins game. Whatever the case, for the first four-and-a-half hours after the final twosome had teed off in the final round of the Masters, it appeared as though the golf gods’ usual Hollywood scripting of an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride was going to end as a snoozefest. Turns out, they were just saving their best for last. From Adam Scott’s gutsy putt on the final hole of regulation to Angel Cabrera stuffing his approach to force a playoff to Scott brazenly dropping the winner in fast approaching darkness, this one had all the fireworks of a Fourth of July grand finale. Credit those golf gods, who just nine months ago scripted one of the most brutal defeats you’ll ever see, with Scott bogeying his final four holes to lose at Royal Lytham. This time they paid him back with a green jacket – and gave us a fantastically dramatic Masters finish once again. Jason Sobel