Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters. Reuters

Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, as he rolled in a birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat Angel Cabrera on Sunday.

It was the first Major title for Scott after several close finishes. The 32-year-old finished second at the British Open in 2012, and had come close to winning at Augusta on previous occasions with a tie for second in 2011, and finishing tied for eight in 2012.

Scott and Cabrera made matching birdies on the 72nd hole to send the Masters into a sudden-death playoff after tying at 9-under 279. Each made par on the first extra hole. Scott rolled in a smooth 12-foot putt for birdie to win the title.

"I found my way today," Scott said.

It was an impressive performance by Cabrera. The Argentine needed an excellent shot to force a playoff and got it. He struck a ball that landed within three feet of the cup to set up an easy birdie. Scott's final shot came after Cabrera narrowly missed an 18-foot attempt.

"That how golf is," Cabrera, who wore the green jacket in 2009, said. "I had that chip on 18 ... I could have won it. But Adam is a great winner.

"Obviously I would have been happier if I would have won but he is a great person, a great player. I get along with him. We've been together on Presidents Cups. I'm happy for him."

Tiger Woods finished tied for fourth.

"I had a hard time getting accustomed to the speed," Woods said. "Every putt I left short for probably the first eight holes."