Adam Scott produced the performance of his life to win the Masters Sunday and finally exorcise the demons of last year's British Open.
Scott, the first Australian to ever wear the famous green jacket, defeated Argentina's Angel Cabrera on the second hole of the playoff after both men finished on nine-under on an enthralling day at Augusta.
As Scott sank the winning putt on the 10th at Augusta he banished the pain and heartache which had haunted him following his humiliating collapse at Royal Lytham last July.
On that occasion, the 32-year-old had looked set to win his first major until he somehow contrived to blow a four shot lead with just four holes remaining.
But with the eyes of the sporting world upon him, Scott showed nerves of steel to hole his putt and finally end Australia's Augusta curse.
"I don't know how that happened," Scott said in a television interview after his historic triumph.
"It seems a long, long way from a couple years ago, or last July when I was trying to win a major. It was incredible."
Scott's character and determination came to the fore at a course where his country's most famous golfer suffered so mercilessly.
Greg Norman, the man who squandered a six shot lead on the final day at the 1996 Masters, was the closest Australia had come to a Masters champion.
Norman lost out to Augusta native Larry Mize in a playoff in 1987, just a year after his bogey at the 18th allowed Nicklaus to win his 18th and final major.
Two years ago, Scott and Jason Day finished tied for second as Charl Schwartzl produced an astonishing final four holes to win the tournament.
But this time Scott got the job done and the Adelaide-born player was quick to praise the man who had come so close at Augusta in years gone by.
"It's incredible to be in this position," said Scott, who had earlier shot a three-under 69 for the final round.
"Australia's a proud sporting nation and it's amazing that it's come down to me today.
"There was one guy who inspired a nation of golfers and that's Greg Norman. Part of this definitely belongs to him."
He later added: "A phone call isn't going to be enough; I'd like to share a beer with him."
Taking the green jacket from last year's winner Bubba Watson, Scott stood proudly after an afternoon which neither he nor Australia will ever forget.
His birdie on the 18th, the 72nd hole of the weekend, produced a hugely emotional celebration with Scott appearing to believe had finally won a major.
But while he walked back to the clubhouse, 2009 champion Cabrera produced an exquisite shot to ensure a relatively simple putt and the opportunity of a second Masters title.
The playoff provided an exhilarating climax to a round which was played amidst worsening conditions with the rain constantly falling and the light deteriorating.
After both making par on the first playoff hole at the 18th, the pair moved to the 10th and while Cabrera failed to make a birdie, Scott made no such mistake as he holed from 15 feet to spark delirium.
Cabrera would have been the second oldest man to have won the tournament at the age of 43, with only Jack Nicklaus, who won at the age of 46 in 1986, ahead of him.
It would have been some achievement for the Argentine, currently ranked 269th in the world.
"That's how golf is," Cabrera, who hit a final round 70, said. "I came back. I had my chance to win it. Adam is truly a good winner.
"He's a great person and a great player and I'm happy for him."