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Adam Scott wins Masters by 4 shots

MELBOURNE -- Adam Scott donned his first Australian Masters gold winner's jacket when he beat England's Ian Poulter by four shots on Sunday and said it made up "in a small way" for his capitulation at the British Open.

Australia's top-ranked golfer blew a four-shot lead over the last four holes at Royal Lytham in July but said after his Masters win he had to put it quickly out of his mind.

"I had to or otherwise I could never have come back to a golf course," Scott said after a final round 67 gave him a tournament total of 17-under 271 around Melbourne's Kingston Heath.

Scott began the day trailing defending champion Poulter by a shot but Europe's Ryder Cup hero could only manage a final round 72.

Scott said he was pleased he could "blow away" any negative thoughts that could have crept in from Royal Lytham once he found himself in a winning position although he realized the Australian Masters was a much smaller stage.

"I did not want to let another opportunity slip by. It was good to get back in that position and close a tournament out," said Scott, who in the process also won his first tournament of the year.

"Winning is a habit but winning a Major is all I'm out here to do and this is part of the process.

"It's not easy to win golf tournaments you don't win very often. That (winning a Major) has been my focus for the last few years and I've always said that.

"Maybe I can get a set of these winners' jackets. Maybe I can make it a green one (for winning the Masters at Augusta) by this time next year."

Scott said he was thrilled to finally win an Australian Masters and an event he watched his childhood hero, Greg Norman, win on six occasions.

"I was beaten in a playoff in 2002 and 2003 so it's nice to finally win one on my favorite Australian golf course," he said.

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