Adam Scott was in position to successfully defend his 2013 Masters title earlier in the week, but problems with his putter eventually consigned him to a tie for 14th place. He shot an even-par 72 Sunday for 1-over 289 for the tournament, nine back of winner Bubba Watson.
“I’ve enjoyed the week thoroughly,” Scott said before attending the green jacket ceremony with Watson. “I mean, it’s been a week I’ll never forget, the experiences I’ve had in playing a tournament as the defending champion and as a champion, and all the ovations that you receive around here are amazing memories for me.”
Scott was in contention after two rounds at 3 under. A 4-over 76 Saturday was too much to overcome.
“I was really happy with where I put myself on Friday night,” said Scott, who would have supplanted an absent Tiger Woods as the world’s No. 1 player with a two-way tie for third or better. “Without over analyzing it, it’s always a bit here or there, but a poor nine holes on Saturday stopped all my momentum and had me on the back foot and I just couldn’t go anywhere from there.
“That’s what it’s like at majors. You’re nine good holes from winning it and nine bad holes from being out of it.”
• There were a record 24 first-time players in this year’s Masters. Four of them – Jonas Blixt, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Kevin Stadler – finished among the top 12 and earned invitations to next year’s tournament.
Another rookie, Australia’s Oliver Goss, was low amateur, making the cut and shooting a 3-over 75 Sunday for four-day total of 298 (10 over). Goss is a sophomore at Tennessee.
• Stadler, who tied for eighth with an even-par 288, was in the tournament with his father, Craig, the first time a father and son have played in the Masters.
Their relationship has been a little chilly, however. Craig waited for Kevin as he walked off the 18th green Sunday, but Kevin walked right past him.
“I was a little too pissed off to talk to him, really,” said Kevin, who bogeyed the final two holes. “But I’m sure I’ll (see) him in a minute. Unfortunately I got a bad gene I inherited from him. He knows what’s going through my mind.”
• Rickie Fowler, who tied for fifth, said he wasn’t surprised at Watson’s victory.
“He’s a big kid at heart,” said Fowler, who had a 1-over 73 Sunday and was 2 under for the tournament, six behind Watson. “But mentally and with his golf game, and as a dad and as a person, he’s definitely grown up. I think he understands what’s going on.”