AUGUSTA, Ga. Not only did Adam Scott win the Masters on Sunday, ending Australia's agonizing drought at Augusta National, Jason Day and Marc Leishman gave Down Under three golfers in the top four.
Day finished third, while Leishman and Tiger Woods tied for fourth.
Australia may not have the golf tradition of, say, Scotland or England. But Australians are big on sports of any kind, and they've been particularly ga-ga for golf since Greg Norman was one of the world's best.
Norman's misfortunes at Augusta National 1996, anyone? elevated the Masters to almost mythic proportions for Australian golfers, and every one of them knew they were playing not only for themselves but the whole country anytime they got in contention.
Prized eagle For a guy who'd never been to Augusta National, John Huh figured out the place pretty quickly. Not only did Huh get an automatic invite to next year's Masters by finishing 11th, he took home a nice piece of crystal after an eagle on the par-5 15th.
Asked how he knew about the prize, the Masters rookie said someone told him about it during a practice round.
"They told me, 'Every time you eagle, you get crystal.' So that's what I was looking forward to," Huh said.
Bubba bubbling For a guy who made a 10 on a par 3, Bubba Watson was in a great mood.
"No matter what, when I end my career, I'll be able to say I was the Masters champion one time," the 2012 winner said. "Unless I make them mad, I'm coming back for the rest of my life. I'll be here and I'll have a green jacket sitting in the locker room. You can't get mad at that situation."
Watson doesn't take himself, or his game, too seriously, and having a green jacket hasn't changed that.
Phil in a funk Playing poorly is always a disappointment for Phil Mickelson. Doing it at the Masters only makes it worse.
Lefty tied for 54th on Sunday, his worst finish in the 20 times he's made the cut at the Masters. The only time he's scored worse than his 9-over 297 was in 2007 (299), when conditions were brutal.
"I just had an off year ... I don't know what to tell you," the three-time Masters champion said. "This was disappointing for me in that this is my favorite place in the world to play."