Scheffler slams door shut, wins first major at Masters

4th win in last six events

Scheffler wins first major

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R2: Scheffler’s Seismic Surge
R3: Sunday’s Superman — Scheffler or Smith?

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AUGUSTA, GA. When you’re hot you’re hot. And no one in golf is hotter than Scottie Scheffler. Entering the final round with a three-shot lead at the Masters– the 25-year-old snared his first major title and fourth tournament win in the last 57 days.

Scheffler wins first major

The incredible journey was capped off by a sterling performance only marred by a closing four-putt mistep at the final hole. It mattered not. The final cushion of three strokes was more than enough to outlast a game Rory McIlroy who closed with a 64 and a solo runner-up position.

Paired with his nearest challenger Cameron Smith, Scheffler had a front row seat in watching the talented 28-year-old Aussie birdie the first two holes — narrowing the starting three-shot deficit to one.

Scheffler wins first major

The short par-4 3rd proved pivotal as Scheffler and Smith both missed the green with their approaches. Scheffler then made a critical shot in holing his chip shot for birdie. Immediately afterwards, Smith made bogey and the lead was back to three. The margin would never get any closer.

Throughout the final round — time after time Scheffler kept his composure and executed shots when needed. After Smith birdied the 11th, Scheffler had a five-foot putt for par to only drop one shot. He buried the putt. When Scheffler pulled his shot at the always dangerous par-3 12th — he calmly chipped close and made the putt for a par. Smith, on the other hand, hit his approach into Rae’s creek and eventually made seven. A four-shot swing in favor of Scottie.

Scheffler wins first major

Following a pushed drive into the trees at the 17th — Scheffler chipped back to the fairway and then lofted a wedge to two feet and made his par. The only snafu came at the final hole when after reaching the green in the regulation stroke — he four-putted with his concentration waning before finally ending the day in triumph and a three-shot margin over McIlroy.

Scheffler wins first major

“I never made it this far, it was just a dream of being here and competing,” said Scheffler in Butler Cabin during the CBS broadcast prior to him being helped by defending champion Hideki Matsuyama into his newest attire – a Master green jacket. “I can’t put into words what it means that I’ll be able to come back here for a lifetime.”

Scheffler finished at 10-under 278 and won $2.7 million from the $15 million prize fund. In less than 60 days he has earned $8,872,200 via four wins in his last six starts.

Amazingly, there were people who questioned why Scheffler was chosen by Steve Stricker as a captain’s pick for last year’s convincing USA Ryder Cup win at Whistling Straits. Prior to the matches, Scheffler had never won a PGA Tour event and many wondered whether the Ryder Cup rookie would be able to handle the intense pressure. 

Scheffler wins first major

Scheffler repaid the faith placed in him by totally vanquishing then world number one Jon Rahm in the Sunday singles matches — making five birdies in six holes and showing the kind of golf prowess he possesses.

That display of golfing talent has only intensified since the start of ’22. 

Golf has a new sheriff in town and it is clear that the sport’s younger generation of under 30 stars is intent on snaring more titles.

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By M. James Ward

Scottie Scheffler has demonstrated golf stardom since his junior days when winning 67 percent of the events he entered. He continued that effort when playing for the University of Texas at the collegiate level. 

Many wondered when he would crack the winner’s circle. Many are now wondering when someone will be able to beat him.

In golf’s ever-changing universe — it is Scheffler who occupies the penthouse suite. Evicting him from that lofty position will require a concerted effort as the Texan is intent on adding more golf hardware in the months ahead.

Scheffler wins first major

Masters Minutia

*Tiger Woods did what few thought possible — complete 72 holes in his first major event played since the 2020 Masters. Woods played the weekend with consecutive scores of 78 but the highlight came in the opening round when the 5-time Masters champion added to his stature with a one-under-par 71 score. He went even further in making the 36-hole cut and playing the weekend finishing 47th.

The question Woods needed to answer was whether the accumulated rust from non-playing after enduring a major car accident in February 2021 could be pushed aside. His completion of 72 holes proved that.

What’s next? Woods indicated via an interview with Sky Sports he plans to play in the 150th Open Championship at The Old Course at St. Andrews and may opt to play in May’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Oklahoma. Both venues have provided past wins for Woods.

Scheffler wins first major

*Dottie Pepper provided on-course updates for the CBS telecast having been the first to do so starting at the November 2020 Masters, but she erred badly when incorrectly noting Scottie Scheffler was planning to hit a 9-iron lay-up at the water guarded par-5 15th. Scheffer chose a different club and game plan in going for the green and having his approach shot finish just off the back of the green. Analysts are paid to provide correct information — a clear bogey on Pepper’s part.

*Rory McIlroy’s electric finish in holing out from a greenside bunker at the 18th hole was prematurely stated by CBS analyst Sir Nick Faldo. The six-time major winner and three-time Masters champion talked on air about a sensational shot without saying McIlroy’s name and then CBS showed the shot on tape. Talk about ruining the electrifying moment.

Scheffler wins first major

*For the first time since the 1965 Masters no eagles were made at the par-5 15th. The hole was lengthened from 520 to 550 yards for this year’s tournament and the fairway recontoured. Of the four par-5 holes at Augusta National — the 15th played the toughest.

*The Scheffler / Woods parallel. Scottie Scheffler won on his third attempt at the Masters — the same as Woods who won his first green jacket 25 years ago in 1997. The win also gave Scheffler his fourth PGA Tour win — the same number Woods achieved with his inaugural Masters win.

*The stingiest hole at Augusta National was the 11th. Only nine birdies made for the tournament and only one came during the final round when Cameron Smith sunk a 15-foot putt. The hole also had the highest overall scoring average – 4.47.

Scheffler wins first major

*The man carrying the clubs for Scottie Scheffler — Ted Scott — joins a select club in having been on the bag for two different Masters champions. Scott previously caddied for 15 years for two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson. The other caddie with two different players with wins at Augusta is Steve Williams who handled the bag for three of the five Tiger Woods wins and for Adam Scott in 2013.

*What a difference a day makes. The 3rd round was impacted by blustery wind conditions and unseasonably cool temperatures resulting in a stroke average of 74.57. The fourth round was played with less wind and temperatures that crossed 70 degrees. The scoring average reflected that with a 72.40 average.

Scheffler wins first major

86th Masters / 4th round scores
Augusta National Golf Club

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1R2R3R4Total
1Scottie Scheffler-1069677171278
2Rory McIlroy-773737164281
T3Shane Lowry-573687369283
T3Cameron Smith-568746873283
5Collin Morikawa-473707467284
T6Will Zalatoris-371727567285
T6Corey Conners-370737270285
T8Justin Thomas-176677272287
T8Sungjae Im-167747175287
T10Cameron ChampPar72757170288
T10Charl SchwartzelPar72697374288
T12Dustin Johnson+169737572289
T12Danny Willett+169747373289
T14Kevin Na+271717969290
T14Matthew Fitzpatrick+271737670290
T14Min Woo Lee+273757270290
T14Harry Higgs+271757371290
T14Lee Westwood+272747371290
T14Talor Gooch+272747371290
T14Hideki Matsuyama+272697772290
T14Tommy Fleetwood+275727073290
T14Jason Kokrak+270767173290
T23Robert MacIntyre+373737669291
T23Harold Varner III+371718069291
T23Sergio Garcia+372747471291
T23J.J. Spaun+374707572291
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