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Newly crowned World Number 1 Scottie Scheffler wins the Masters.
In a remarkable streak of golf Scheffler becomes the first golfer to win 4 tournaments in 56 days. The wins include Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC Match Play and now the Masters Tournament. His first PGA win came on the 13th February 2022 and it capped off this amazing run this morning taking out the Masters.
After taking the 36 hole lead, Scheffler shows why he is the hottest golfer on tour right now by taking a 3 shot lead into the final round. As players behind him on the leader board were trying to mount a charge, Scheffler went about his business by keeping his lead and never giving it up on the final day. Australian Cameron Smith was his nearest challenger and got within one of Scheffler but that was as close as he got.
The 12th hole got Smith undo as he hit his tee shot into the water and lost all momentum to Scheffler.
From that point it was Scheffler’s to lose and it was his short game that time and time again got him out of trouble. As Smith was chasing him down with two birdies in the first 2 holes, Scheffler knew he had to respond and he did it in fashion with a chip in birdie on the 3rd hole.
“I had a lot of nice up-and-downs,” Scheffler said. “If I was to pick one part of my game that excelled the most. Even today, I had some really good up-and-downs in the beginning of the round and then just kept myself in position.”
Scheffler had built up enough of a lead that it was his to lose. McIlroy tried to make a late charge but he was too far back and finished second. Scheffler was cruising and even a 4 putt on the last hole meant that instead of winning by 5 he had won the tournament by 3 shots.
He was the only man in the field to have all his rounds at the Masters under par.
"I did see at one point that Rory had posted 7 under, I believe. And then Cam and I were getting a little tight after he birdied at 11; I made a huge par putt there," Scheffler said in his post-match interview. "And then after that, he made a mistake on 12, and I had a nice up-and-down. And after that, just played some good golf."
"I’m really at a loss for words right now. I’m kind of glad I had a little hiccup there on the last hole," Scheffler said. "It made me a little less emotional so I could get through this interview."