Scheffler Becomes First No.1 to Win Renowned Masters in Augusta

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Scottie Scheffler overcame one of the best rounds in Augusta National’s illustrious history to become the first world No. 1 to win the Masters, the world’s most famous men’s golf tournament. The American had a 5-shot lead on the 18th tee in the 86th edition of this tournament. This is the stuff of fantasies. A second double bogey, which included an odd 4-putt, didn’t matter a whit – Sheffler took the crown in Georgia as the second-biggest favorite (13.00) at the top bookmakers for golf betting.

As he played from bunker to bunker on the tournament’s 72nd hole, Rory McIlroy’s race appeared to be over which was visible in his wild celebrations. Rather, the Northern Irishman dug a hole in the sand. The accompanying hysteria of McIlroy and the gallery will go down in history as a watershed moment. His final round of 64 was the lowest in the Masters’ history. His second-place finish in this major is a career-high for him. Nonetheless, Scheffler’s day had arrived, as his year had arrived too. He makes up for his lack of personality with iron precision that defies what even professional golfers should be able to do under pressure.

Smith’s Bogey Opens Path for Scheffler’s Win

There’s always a window of opportunity. It arrived at Flowering Peach, Augusta’s third hole, for Scheffler. Cameron Smith, who was attempting to become the first player other than Tiger Woods to win both the Players Championship and the Masters in the same year, had cut Scheffler’s 3-stroke lead in half after 2 holes. Scheffler had run into difficulty on the third, leaving him with only a short approach to the green. The hit that followed was akin to a heavyweight boxer’s punch to Smith, and it served as more confirmation that whatever Scheffler touches in a professional context turns to gold, at least for the time being.

Scheffler’s chip was going so fast that if it hadn’t hit the flag and tumbled to the bottom of the cup for a birdie three, it might have stayed on the green. As soon as Smith hit a bogey, the world No. 1 had a 3-shot lead. Smith could never catch Scheffler, who won his first major by three strokes at 10 under par. He shot a 71 in his last round.

New Jerseyan Extinguishes McIlroy’s Hopes After Round 4

As Smith began to fade, his hopes of winning the Masters were dashed when he found the water from the tee on the 12th – McIlroy charged through the field as a man possessed. At one point that afternoon, McIlroy was 13 strokes behind Scheffler. He started Round 4 about 10 seconds behind the leader. McIlroy hit the turn in 32 and made a birdie on the 10th hole before hitting the air with his eagle on the 13th. Pars on the 15th and 16th holes looked ominous for the 4-time major champion, but the finale was a show-stopper. Scheffler dominated the field, but McIlroy will be encouraged by what he accomplished in round four.

Scheffler’s birdie on the 14th hole was entirely due to a fantastic approach shot. Scheffler knew he could play the final 4 holes in 3-over and still win since McIlroy was seated as a bystander and Smith was no longer a threat, which, of course, would’ve been tedious. The 25-year-old New Jerseyan made a birdie on the 15th hole, demonstrating his unwillingness to let go of his grip. Scheffler had his fair share of luck on his way to victory, but that’s to be expected when a golfer is on a roll like this.

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