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Masters: Anatomy of a fist pump

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Golfers are not -- ahem -- well known for their dexterity or athleticism. In fact, we just celebrated a man nicknamed "El Pato" for three straight hours on Sunday, and he's built like a squash.

The strongest, most fierce squash of all-time, but still -- a squash.

As a result of this lack of athleticism, we're often treated to some of the most awkward fist-pumps and high-fives in the history of modern day sports at the height of some of golf's biggest moments.

Part of the introduction to the PGA Tour for rookies should be a one-day symposium where Kobe Bryant and Tom Brady are brought in to help teach young golfers how to successfully execute on the fist-pump front.

So when Adam Scott unleashed a pump with the fury of a million Australians (and a subsequent high-five with caddie Steve Williams), I was delighted to see that at least one man on the PGA Tour knows how to do it.

We've sat through too many David Duval and Phil Mickelson fist-pumps in the past. The right man won this Masters.

Heck, Scott took Tiger Woods' 2000 swing and his 2000 caddie, he might as well take his 2000 fist-pump too.

Let's go to the film and break down the anatomy of Scott's 72nd hole pump:

One thing that's been a bit underrated about Scott's final-hole pump is how difficult it is to flail your arms about with that monstrous putter in your hands. He got it out of the way quickly -- a veteran move.

The first step is key. You always want to step into the fist pump. If Tiger taught us anything, this is what he taught us.

There are two places Scott can go from here. He can keep walking into the pump (what Tiger usually does) and go off one leg, or he can lean back and release every emotion he's ever felt since the 2012 British Open. (This move is straight out of the 2008 U.S. Open Woods manual.)

He goes with the latter. The biggest thing here is to keep your weight balanced. A lot of pros (back to Duval) are too scared to fall backwards so they never get the balance right -- the result is something like a mix between a drunk fan and a maniacal male ballerina. Scott nails it. Should be noted that at this point 95 percent of females tuned into the Masters were no longer watching because they passed out. I mean just look at those sinewy arms and oily hips!

I've watched the moment he screamed "COME ON, AUSSIES" more than 10 times. It was one of the most genuine, authentic celebrations I've ever seen a professional athlete perform. It was "Jim Valvano running around The Pit" authentic.

Underrated moment was caddie Stevie Williams getting in position to receive the murdurous high-five Scott gave him. He was carrying an umbrella and a towel and trying to tend the pin and he walked right into Scott's line. Perfect.

Gonna need surgery on that hand.

Also impressive: Scott followed up the big pump with a mini version as he headed to the cup for his ball -- the perfect cap to a perfect moment.

All photos courtesy of USATSI.

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