Scottie Scheffler wins the 86th Masters Tournament
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WTOC) - World number one Scottie Scheffler played his way to the top of the leaderboard during the 2nd round at The Masters and never looked back.
Now he has his first major win and the converted green jacket.
Coming into Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club Scottie Scheffler had a three-stroke lead over Cameron Smith.
Scheffler had won three PGA TOUR events in the last 57 days.
Smith coming off a win at The Players Championship and it made for the perfect final round pairing. Smith hit birdies on the first two holes cutting Scheffler’s lead to just one.
Then Scheffler’s tee shot on three landed behind the scoreboard and it looked as though things may go south for the Texas alum.
Instead, he made an incredible chip from the fairway to birdie the hole.
“To have it go in was obviously off the charts, but my main goal was just to get up-and-down, and see it go in was definitely special. Parring 4 and 5 was huge as well. After that I kind of just started cruising,” Scottie Scheffler said.
While Scheffler was cruising things went downhill literally for Smith on 12.
His tee shot goes into the water and he would triple bogey the hole.
A few groups ahead on 18, Rory McIlroy hits a chip shot from the bunker that would roll in a huge shot that would put him at 7 under.
At this point, Scheffler has more-or-less won the tournament and he just has to finish. He had trouble on 18 for the second day in a row a double-bogey for his final hole at The Masters but it didn’t matter.
25 year-old Scottie Scheffler who has been world number one for just two weeks lives up to the hype as he wins the 86th Masters Tournament his first major championship.
“I think the only thing I imagined was probably that walk up 18. I’ve seen some guys do that. The first one that comes to mind is watching Jordan make that walk up 18 with a huge lead. And throughout the round today when I built up a little bit of a lead, I didn’t want any stress towards the end of the day, and I didn’t break my concentration until we got on to the green on 18. Once we got on to the green, I was like, all right, I’m going to enjoy this, For me, I was doing my best just to stay present and enjoy the moment. That’s what I did most of today. This is such a fun golf course. It’s such a fun piece of property. I mean, it’s Augusta National. It’s about as cool as it gets. It’s so fun to play. I just can’t, I can’t believe that I can come back for a lifetime and get to enjoy, enjoy this golf course,” Scheffler said.
Scheffler had four birdies on the day as he has four wins in his last six starts.
He was the only player throughout the week to shoot under par each round.
The final leaderboard, Scheffler on top as he carded back-to-back 71′s for a 278 on the week.
Finishing with a three-stroke lead over McIlroy. Scheffler’s 10 under gets him a green jacket.
McIlroy finishes 7 undergoing 8 under on the day with a bogey-free round. Shane Lowery and Cam Smith tie for third five shots back.
Collin Morikawa 5th at 4 under.
Will Zalatoris and Corey Conners tie for sixth at 3 under. Justin Thomas and Im Sungjae finish tied at 8th 1-under.
Tiger Woods in his remarkable return to competitive golf finished 47th at 13 over.
Despite his worst performance at Augusta National the 5-time Masters champion said after his round that for not winning, playing this week would constitute as one of his biggest achievements of his career.
Woods has said he intends to play the British Open in July.
Now we turn our attention to the RBC Heritage where six of the top ten finishers here at the Masters will tee off next week.
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