At only 25, Scottie Scheffler has earned himself a green jacket. Having won his first major only 58 days ago, he has been unstoppable down the stretch.
His journey has been unlike any other, but the young star is just thankful to have participated in and won the Masters.
Scheffler played great throughout the weekend, but he was not without trouble. Certainly, his opponents kept the tournament close and didn’t allow him to let up.
Notably, he had to ward off Cameron Smith and Rory McIlroy, but was able to do so successfully.
Smith opened the fourth round with back-to-back birdies, narrowing Scheffler’s lead to one stroke. However, Scheffler responded with an amazing shot to prevent a par.
Smith, on the other hand, bogeyed and saw the Masters slip through his fingers. Overall, he finished the tournament tied for third shooting five-under for the tournament and one over for the day.
McIlroy had one of the most impressive Sunday rounds in the history of the tournament. Explicitly, He tied the record for the lowest score ever on a Sunday round. He shot eight-under to bring him to seven-under throughout the tournament.
McIlroy acknowledged he felt great on the day.
He wanted to make Scheffler feel the heat and not forget about him. While the pressure may have been felt, the world No. 1 stayed calm and pulled through to get the win.
Scheffler finished the major shooting 10 under and had a three-shot lead over the runner-up McIlroy.
Why This Win Is Special
On top of being in a select group to have their own green jacket, Scheffler’s win is special in many ways. Foremost, he is now one of only two players ever to win a major in his first major as the world No. 1.
He has been on a tear since February and has been winning tournaments left and right. Critically, he won four tournaments in a 57-day span. This made him the second player ever to secure that many wins in that amount of time.
This winning streak has been the shortest amount of time for a player to go from one to four tournament wins.
Scheffler was at a loss for words when reflecting on his win. Surely, he was shocked and trying to relish in first career major win.
Scheffler’s emotions were riding high, and he felt them most Sunday morning. For instance, he said the stress got to him and he reached an emotional peak.
While he didn’t let his emotions get the best of him when it mattered most, Scheffler went through a slew of emotions. He typically avoided them, but his nerves showed in his second-to-last shot of the day.
In what could have been the tournament sealing putt, he just narrowly missed as the ball rolled out of the hole. But behind the chants of the crowd, he was able to regather himself and end the Masters.
He said this was the only time he broke focus during the tournament.
Now, Scheffler will look to continue his streak as the hottest player in the PGA.