Adam Scott's win captured a nation

But none topped the 1996 loss to Nick Faldo, the one where Norman led by six shots heading into the final round and ended up losing by five. Scott was 15 at the time, and woke up early on Monday morning in Australia to watch the final round. And he cried. "It was a huge blow to all of us back in Australia," Scott said.

Norman won the Open Championship twice, but never could prevail at Augusta National, despite an amazing eight top-five finishes. His struggles became something for future Australians to overcome, although there was also other heartbreak here from the likes of Jim Ferrier, Jack Newton, Bruce Crampton and even Jason Day, who has finished second and third in his three appearances.

That is why Scott's victory resonated so much.

"It was huge for golf," Norman, now 59, said recently when asked about Scott's victory. "Adam, Augusta, Australia and golf. Because we had not checked a box on winning the Masters as a major championship. So we checked that box. Finally Australia has produced the goods, and being in the position of world golf where we do produce the quality of players where we've won every major championship, and it's hugely important from our professional pride.

"And from Augusta National's standpoint, they have got an Australian flag as a winner, which is hugely important for them because they are trying to make it into an international event, which it really has been. Great for golf. It was fantastic theater. And obviously with Adam it was great for him."

Leishman, 30, has a single PGA Tour victory and was playing in the Masters last year for just the second time.

He held a share of the first-round lead with a 66 and was in the thick of the tournament before hitting his approach into the water at the par-5 15th. Scott birdied that hole and Day was still in contention, with Leishman basically seeing his chances end there, but still well within reach of his best finish in a major.

Once on the 18th green, Leishman knew what was at stake for Scott, who faced a 15-footer for birdie to take the lead. Leishman lagged a putt up toward the hole, with some work still to be done for his par.

And then he became a spectator.

"It was such a big moment for Australia, for Australian sport," Leishman said. "I had a good week myself. Scottie, obviously that was a life changer for him. It's a really good memory and I enjoy talking about it. I've had a lot of comments about the fist pump in the background and all that, and it was probably not really like me to do that. I rarely fist-pump my own putts. I think I just knew what it meant for Australia and for Scottie. It was just exciting. It's good to see a mate of yours do well.

"To execute it under the pressure he was under was a pretty big deal and it was great to see him do that. I had a 3-footer left and couldn't really feel my hand, it was just sort of ringing and all that. It was bright red. He just came over and he screamed "C'mon Aussie" in my face, when we sort of did that little high-five. It's great to look back on that, good memories that I'll have for the rest of my life."

It didn't take long for Scott to see the photo and for others to take notice.

"That's quintessential Australian right there," Norman said. "We're there for each other no matter what. That tells you that we care about our country and want to see fellow countrymen perform well and win that event if you can't win it all."

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