Adam Scott says he battled negative thoughts ahead of Masters play-off
Last Updated: 15/04/13 5:39pm
Australian Adam Scott has revealed how he thought the Masters crown had slipped from his grasp after being taken to a play-off by Angel Cabrera.
The 32-year-old thought he had captured his first major championship in regulation when he holed from 25 feet for birdie across the 18th green, only for his battling Argentine opponent to force the extra holes with a stunning chip and putt.
However, Scott finally ended his country's long wait for an Augusta winner when he sunk a 15-foot birdie on the second extra hole in near-darkness to secure the famous Green Jacket.
And the new world number three has put his victory down to preparation and hard work as he stayed cool during the titanic and nerve-jangling climax.
He said: "It's only natural to have those thoughts come in and out. Fortunately they're fleeting thoughts. Certainly, you don't need to have them when you're out on the golf course.
"But if it didn't happen today then maybe I would have pondered that a little bit more.
"But all the hard work and all the time that you put in and everyone puts in my game, it's times like these when you've got to show how much you want it and that's what I kept telling myself I mean 'how much do you want this today'.
"And at times I never would have thoughts it was going to pan out like this.
"This course has the ability of producing some incredible shots and spectacular moments and I'm glad I hung in there till the end to be a part of it."