Best golf shots of 2013 -- No. 1

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Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams react after Scott's birdie putt drops on the 72nd hole of the 2013 Masters.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 | 9:01 a.m.

The No. 1 golf shot of 2013 also happens to be the shortest in length -- about a 20-foot putt.

How can that be, you ask?

Easy. Because of its significance.

On his way to becoming the first Australian-born player to win the Masters, Adam Scott holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole at Augusta National to take the clubhouse lead and that transformed the typically reserved Aussie into a fist-pumping madman, screaming, "Come on, Aussie!"

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That putt also yielded one of the great moments of the year with Scott's playing partner and proud fellow countryman, Marc Leishman, smiling in the background and pumping his fist as Scott's putt dropped.

For a moment, it seemed as though that putt would win him the tournament for Scott, but shortly thereafter Argentina's Angel Cabrera hit his approach shot on the same hole to within 2 feet to set up a birdie to force a playoff.

The playoff would go two holes. On the second -- Augusta National's 10th hole -- Scott knocked in a 12-footer for birdie and the historic win.

Without that 20-foot birdie in regulation, Scott would still be trying to snap the Aussie drought at Augusta.

Watch Scott's putt in regulation and the entire Masters playoff here:



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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.