Scheffler Masters Augusta to Become A Major Champion

Scheffler Masters Augusta to Become A Major Champion

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP

The Masters

Scheffler Masters Augusta to Become A Major Champion

Scottie Scheffler is on a hot streak never seen before on the PGA Tour. The 25-year-old American outclassed an elite field to win his maiden major championship at The Masters. With the win at Augusta, Scheffler pocketed his fourth title in an sizzling 55-day stretch for the shortest span by any player from first win to fourth win in PGA Tour history. The 2020 PGA Tour Rookie of The Year is on a run of breaking records. On March 27, Scheffler became the fastest player to reach world No. 1 after scoring their maiden PGA Tour win. The Texan, who claimed his first win at the WM Phoenix Open on February 13, took just 42 days to claim the mantle as the game’s best. To best measure the enormity of the feat, Tiger Woods took 252 days to stake claim to be world No. 1 after he collected his first PGA Tour title.

Scheffler donned the Green Jacket after his final round 1-under 71 moved him to 10-under, three shots ahead of fast-finishing Rory McIlroy. Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Australia’s Cameron Smith finished two shots further back in a share of third place.

Scheffler began the final round with a three-shot lead over Smith. His margin was narrowed to one stroke with Smith making birdies at the opening two holes. Momentum then returned in Scheffler’s favour at the short par 4, third hole when the former US Junior Amateur produced an incredible hole-out chip for an unlikely birdie. Smith bogeyed the hole and the margin was again three shots. Scheffler took a four-shot lead into the back nine. Minutes later, the advantage tightened up again with Smith burying just the second birdie of the final round at the 11th hole to get within three shots. Then disaster struck the Queenslander, who was trying to join Tiger Woods (2001) as the only players in history to win both THE PLAYERS and the Masters in the same season. Smith found Rae’s Creek short of the 12th green. The errant shot in the middle of Amen Corner cost him a triple bogey. Smith’s hope of becoming the second Australian to win The Masters after Adam Scott disappeared. Scheffler powered home to the 18th green picking up birdies at the 14th and 15th holes. His solid performance down the stretch afforded him an unassailable five-shot lead waking up the final fairway. His four-putt for double bogey at the 72nd hole showed us he is human!

Rory McIlroy produced a miraculous hole-out from the greenside bunker beside the 18th green to sign for an 8-under 64. The superb bogey-free round was one shot off the lowest round in Masters history and matched the best score ever fired on a Sunday at Augusta. The Northern Irishman was in search of the career Grand Slam. This Masters tournament was his eighth chance at winning the Green Jacket since moving to the verge of the career Grand Slam with his win at the 2014 Open Championship. The runner-up performance was McIlroy’s best finish at The Masters. The 32-year-old now boasts seven top 10s from 14 starts at Augusta.

Collin Morikawa was hoping to become the first man since Jordan Spieth in 2015 to win back-to-back majors. The Open champion at Royal St.George’s last year, carded as final round 5-under 67 to move to 4-under and solo fifth place.

Australia’s Min Woo Lee opened his final round with a stunning 6-under 30 to equal the Masters record for the lowest front nine score. The astonishing nine holes included one eagle and four birdies and moved the 23-year-old well inside the top ten at the time. Lee, who was playing in his first Masters, dropped four shots on the way home to sign for a final round 2-under 70 and finish at 2-over in a tie for 14th place.

Tiger Woods stunned the world by playing all four rounds at Augusta National 14 months after doctors considered amputating his right leg, a result of a single-car accident in Los Angeles early in 2021. The five-time Masters champion made his return to the PGA Tour after 508 days. Woods posted an opening round 1-under 71 and a 74 on Friday to make the halfway cut. His charge for a sixth Green jacket faded over the weekend with consecutive 78s to finish 47th.

The PGA Tour moves to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage staged at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head. America’s Stewart Cink is the defending champion.

Final Scores
The Masters

1. Scottie Scheffler -10
2. Rory McIlory -7
T3. Shane Lowry -5
T3. Cameron Smith -5
5. Collin Morikawa -4
T6. Will Zalatoris -3
T6. Corey Conners -3
T8. Sungjae Im -1
T8. Justin Thomas -1

Other Australians
T14. Min Woo Lee +2
T30. Marc Leishman +5
46. Cameron Davis +12
T48. Adam Scott +14
MC. Lucas Herbert

Photo credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

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