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Search the morning-after stories about Sunday's dramatic finish of golf's Masters Tournament and one thing becomes clear. Adam Scott, the 32-year-old Australian who won after a two-hole playoff with Argentina's Angel Cabrera, seems to be one heck of a guy:

-- "He's one of the 10 nicest guys you'll ever meet," writes ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski. "Everybody — women, corporations, his native Australia — loves him. And now, at long last, so does a major."

-- "This was a great day for Australian golf," says Sydney Morning Herald sports columnist Richard Hinds. "Mostly, it was a great day for Adam Scott. A day when a nice guy finished first."

-- "Adam's a good winner," Cabrera said Sunday night. "I would have been happier if I had won, but he's a great player, I get along with him, we've played together in the President's Cup and I'm happy for him."

The other theme following Scott's win is the effect it's had in his homeland, as The Golf Channel writes:

"It is Monday in Melbourne, but all of Oz awoke to an unofficial, impromptu holiday. Australia's long Masters nightmare ended on a rainy Sunday. On a day ready-made for a duck, Adam Scott outlasted Angel 'El Pato' (The Duck) Cabrera to end the 'Aussie Duck,' the cricket term that means zero, which was the grand sum of green jackets collected before Sunday's wet and wild finish."

Scott and Cabrera finished the tournament tied at 9-under par. As for some of the other notables:

-- Another Australian, Jason Day, finished third. He was 7-under par.

-- Tiger Woods finished tied at fourth. He was 5-under par.

-- Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old from China who's the youngest person to ever play in the Masters, finished 58th. He was 12-over par.

NPR's Tom Goldman reported about the Masters earlier for Morning Edition.

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