Australian Adam Scott earns his Masters with degree of drama

This time, the celebration was real. Scott got hugs all around, including Cabrera, who he says is a friend.

"I was happy for him," Cabrera said. "I told him that he deserved it."

Scott said that, at one point, when he was struggling with his game a few years ago and he was on a President's Cup team with Cabrera, the Argentine took him aside and told him to keep going.

"He told me I was a great player," Scott said.

In the end, both handled the outcome with class and perspective.

Asked about his near misses and putts that just didn't fall, Cabrera said, "That's golf. It gives and it takes."

Scott said, "It was an incredible day. Everything just fell my way."

And so, a Masters tournament that had had its negative moments — the slow play penalty assessed to a 14-year-old Chinese amateur and the ruckus over the two-stroke penalty to Tiger Woods that still allowed him to keep playing — ended on its usual high note.

Drama and great sportsmanship prevailed. The legacy of Greg Norman was enhanced.

And Ernie Els can feel good about more than his closing 69 and 13th-place finish.