European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley said the 'golfing gods' were shining on Adam Scott as he secured his first Masters title in dramatic style.
Scott beat Angel Cabrera of Argentina at the second play-off hole at Augusta - just nine months after making bogeys on the last four holes to squander the Open Championship lead at Royal Lytham to Ernie Els.
However, the 32-year-old from Adelaide redeemed himself by becoming the first Australian to claim the Green Jacket.
"It's a very popular win," McGinley told Sky Sports News. "He's very popular amongst his peers and is a guy who's paid his dues. He nearly won The Open last year and everybody is very happy to see him win.
"I think Angel Cabrera performed admirably as well. He didn't make any mistakes and was unfortunate not to win but the golfing gods shone on him (Scott) at the right time."
Asked whether he feared for Scott after Cabrera forced extra holes, McGinley said: "Not necessarily so. Sometimes the golfing gods shine on you, whereas they didn't shine on him in Lytham, maybe this was his turn.
"He did everything he should have done. He holed a great putt on 18 and that looked like the putt that was going to win it for him.
"Then he had to go and do it the hard way and he had a very good par on the first play-off hole and then obviously a great second putt, two great shots into 10.
"Both players were admirable in the way they played the last two or three holes in regulation and also the play-off holes."
McGinley, who will captain Europe's Ryder Cup defence at Gleneagles next year, was not concerned by lack of a European challenge in Georgia.
He said: "I don't think there was anybody that was really within touching distance.
"A lot of them performed very well, but it's a long way away and I wouldn't put too much emphasis on form now in relation with the Ryder Cup, which is in 18 months' time."
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