Adam Scott dedicates Masters victory to Greg Norman
Masters champion Adam Scott pays tribute to Australian golf legend Greg Norman after first major victory
Australian golfer Adam Scott has dedicated his Masters victory to fellow countryman Greg Norman, saying he'd love to "share a beer" and re-live the tournament win with his boyhood idol.
The 2013 champion secured his first major when he beat 2009 winner Angel Cabrera in a sudden-death play-off, with the pair unable to be separated after 72 holes, finishing the four-day event at Augusta tied on nine under par.
Scott became the first Australian to claim the Green Jacket, finishing two shots ahead of his compatriot Jason Day, while Marc Leishman - another Aussie - finished in joint-third place on five under, alongside world number one Tiger Woods.
Upon receiving the Green Jacket from 2012 champion, Bubba Watson - who failed to make the cut this year - the 32-year-old paid an emotional tribute to three-time runner-up, Norman.
"There was one guy who inspired a nation of golfers and that's Greg Norman," said the current world number seven. "He's been incredible to me and part of this definitely belongs to him.
"A phone conversation's not going to do it, we're very close. I would love to share a beer with him and talk through it all."
He added: "Australia's a proud sporting nation and this was one notch on the belt that we'd never got. It's amazing that it's come down to me today, Marc [Leishman] and Jason Day, it could have been any of us."
Two-time major winner, and former world number one, Norman, had to settle for second spot in 1986, 1987 and almost a decade later, when he let a six-shot lead slip on the final day's play in 1996 to Nick Faldo. But, Scott insists that he's still held in the highest regard.
"Anyone near to my age, he was the best player in the world, an icon. Everything about the way he handled himself was incredible.
"He was a role model and he has devoted so much time to myself and other Australian players who came after him. He is incredibly generous."