Scottie Scheffler capped off an super months together along with his grandest feat of all, prevailing the Masters on Sunday to validate his new fame because the pleasant participant in golfing.
The simplest stumble got here on the cease whilst Scheffler wished 4 putts from forty toes earlier than he ought to declare his first major, and that simplest mattered withinside the report book.
He closed with a 1-beneathneath seventy one for a 3-shot victory over Rory McIlroy, who holed out from the bunker at the very last hollow for a report-tying very last spherical of sixty four that gave him the briefest second of wish that Sunday strain at Augusta National may get to Scheffler.
No chance. Not on Sunday. Not the closing 4 days. Not the closing months.
And to assume it turned into simply fifty six days in the past that Scheffler turned into nonetheless looking for his first PGA Tour victory. The 25-year-antique from Dallas, constructed for stardom from whilst he turned into a 10-year-antique sporting lengthy pants to appearance the a part of a pro, now has 4 wins in his closing six tournaments.
No prize turned into extra than that inexperienced jacket.
The Sunday theater, exciting and tragic, belonged to absolutely each person else. Scheffler overcame a nervy second early withinside the spherical with the aid of using chipping in for birdie. He introduced key putts to maintain Cameron Smith at bay and in no way seemed rattled, while he turned into swatting at brief putts on the cease.
And simply 14 months after a bad vehicle crash, Tiger Woods finished all seventy two holes at Augusta and pledged to play the anciental British Open at St. Andrews in July, in line with CBS Sports. Woods advised Sky Sports that he wouldn’t “be gambling a complete time table ever again,” however he’s going to play massive events.
“I do not know if I’ll play [the PGA Championship] at Southern Hills or not,” Woods said. “But I am searching ahead to St. Andrews. That’s some thing it really is very close to and pricey to my heart. I’ve gained Opens there. It’s the house of golfing. It’s my favored golfing path withinside the global. So, I might be there for that one. Anything in among that, I do not know, I will try. There’s no doubt — I will try and get geared up for Southern Hills, and we will see what this frame is capable of do.”
Woods turned into limping thru the very last spherical, however he nonetheless walked up the 18th fairway, eliminated his cap and recounted roars from the shoppers at Augusta National.
He wasn’t even near prevailing the Masters. And it did not matter.
Woods shot a 6-over spherical of seventy eight on Sunday withinside the very last spherical. He completed at thirteen over for the week, his overall of 301 with the aid of using a long way his worst on the Masters and one shot off his worst seventy two-hollow rating ever as a professional.
McIlroy turned into the runner-up. It turned into Smith who felt as aleven though he permit one get away. The Aussie turned into nonetheless withinside the game, 3 photographs out of the lead, whilst he dumped his tee shot in Rae’s Creek at the par-three twelfth hollow for triple bogey and ended his hopes.
Smith closed with a seventy three and tied for 0.33 with Shane Lowry, who birdied the 18th for a 69.
Scheffler joined Ian Woosnam in 1991 because the simplest gamers to win a major — the Masters in each cases — of their debut at No. 1 withinside the global.
Everyone need to have visible this coming. He gained the Phoenix Open in a playoff on Super Bowl Sunday. He accompanied that with a comeback win at Bay Hill to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He rose to No. 1 withinside the global with the aid of using prevailing the Match Play weeks in the past in Texas.
And now this.
Scheffler, who completed at 10-beneathneath 278, gained $2.7 million from the $15 million prize fund. That brings his overall to $8,872,2 hundred over his closing six starts.
Scheffler’s massive second got here early withinside the spherical, and it turned into no much less significant.
Starting the very last spherical with a 3-shot lead, he watched Smith open with immediately birdies to the reduce the deficit to one, after which Scheffler’s technique from the pine needles left of the 0.33 fairway got here up brief and rolled backtrack the slope.
His pitch turned into racing towards the hollow whilst it banged into the pin and dropped for an not going birdie, and a -shot swing whilst Smith from the identical function made bogey.
No one were given nearer than 3 the relaxation of the manner. Only the contenders changed.
The twelfth hollow stays the maximum riveting par three in golfing, the scene of extra collapses than comebacks. Smith have become the cutting-edge victim.
Coming off birdie at No. 11, his shot turned into nonetheless withinside the air whilst he permit his membership slip thru his arms and he slowly closed his eyes two times because it splashed into Rae’s Creek. The subsequent shot wasn’t an awful lot better, however at the least dry, and Smith’s hopes ended there with a triple bogey.
He turned into 3 in the back of status at the twelfth tee. Three holes later, he turned into 8 back.
From there, any wish resided with McIlroy. All he wished to finish the profession Grand Slam turned into to in shape the pleasant very last spherical in Masters records and get a few assist from Scheffler. He simplest were given one of these and needed to accept his first silver medal from Augusta.
Not that he did not create a few Sunday magic. McIlroy went bunker-to-bunker at the 18th hollow, leaving himself proper of the inexperienced and aiming a few 25 toes proper of the flag. It rode the slope all of the manner into the hollow, placing off one of the loudest roars of the week.
Morikawa accompanied him in from the identical bunker, distinctive angle, and McIlroy ought to simplest laugh.
“This match in no way ceases to amaze,” McIlroy said. “That’s as glad as I’ve ever been on a golfing path proper there. Just having a chance — after which with Collin, we each performed so nicely all day — and for each people to complete like this, I turned into simply so glad for him, too.
“I’ve in no way heard roars like at the 18th inexperienced.”
The pleasant ones had been stored for Scheffler.
Scheffler nonetheless have 5 holes in the front of him, and not using a proof he turned into going to be something however the smooth, clever operator who seized manipulate on Friday withinside the hardest situations to construct a 5-shot lead and in no way misplaced it.