Scottie Scheffler WINS the Augusta Masters from Rory McIlroy in dominant performance from World No 1

The solely factor that Rory McIlroy did not throw at Scottie Scheffler on an unforgettable last day at the 86th Masters was the kitchen sink – and nonetheless it wasn’t sufficient.

McIlroy at his most luxurious chipped in twice and holed an outrageous bunker shot at the 18th on his method to a 64 to equal the lowest last spherical in Masters historical past. 

The Northern Irishman hasn’t recognized such pleasure at a serious since his final victory in 2014, as he threw his arms into the air and his membership into the bunker.

‘That’s the happiest I’ve ever been on a golf course,’ he mentioned afterwards, as they replayed his marvel blow from the sand. 

Added three-time Masters champion Sir Nick Faldo, on American tv: ‘I’ve obtained goosebumps watching that shot, I’m shaking.’

Sundays at Augusta. In golf, there actually is nothing prefer it.

Scottie Scheffler (proper) has received the Masters event at Augusta after a dominant exhibiting


The 25-year-old kissed his spouse Meredith (left) on the 18th inexperienced after holing the profitable putt

An emotional Scheffler was embraced by caddie Tim Scott (left) after winning his first Major

An emotional Scheffler was embraced by caddie Tim Scott (left) after profitable his first Major

The roar was unbelievable. ‘The loudest I’ve ever heard,’ mentioned Rory. It funnelled all the means again to the 14th tee and requested all the proper questions of the cool 25 year outdated from Texas, who held a 3 shot lead however had 5 scary holes nonetheless to finish.

Could Scheffler hold his nerve? By his aspect, Cam Smith had lost his, the Aussie’s thoughts scrambled fully after the twelfth, the perilous par three often called the Golden Bell, tolled as soon as extra. 

Smith discovered the water together with his tee shot and took a triple bogey six, his eyes now as clean as a boxer who’s simply been knocked to the canvas.

Amazing because it appears now, it is solely a fortnight in the past that individuals have been questioning whether or not Scheffler was a worthy new world primary. Now he is received the Masters the onerous means, enjoying in the final group for 3 straight days and main from the entrance for the complete weekend when a gunslinger like McIlroy went for every thing and every thing got here off. 

Suffice to say, no-one’s questioning Scheffler now, after he turned the first golfer since Arnold Palmer means again in 1960 to stroll out of Augusta with 4 wins for the season already, together with a valuable first main.

If McIlroy’s three at the 18th was the most exceptional birdie of the day, the one made by Scheffler at the 14th was the most spectacular. It’s a kind of greens the place the precise goal is so small however he discovered it with a wedge, his ball ending simply 5ft away. What a response to a kind of intimidating Augusta roars.

Scheffler led for much of the tournament and kept his composure throughout to triumph

Scheffler led for a lot of the event and stored his composure all through to triumph

Just as he had in sinking nerveless par putts from 10ft at the eleventh and twelfth, Scheffler holed the birdie effort. He adopted that up with two extra prodigious blows on the par 5 fifteenth and obtained down in two for yet one more birdie. Five clear. Game over. Give that man the most deserved of inexperienced jackets.

In the finish, three putts from 4ft at the 18th mattered not a jot as he lost focus for a second. 

Scheffler nonetheless completed with a 71 for a 3 stroke victory over McIlroy, with Ireland’s Shane Lowry third after additionally birdieing the 18th, alongside the shellshocked Smith, who cleared his senses admirably over the closing holes. Open Champion Collin Morikawa, who performed with Rory and shot a high quality 67 of his personal, completed fifth.

After all the pleasure concerning the comeback of Tiger Woods, it was solely becoming that the technology he impressed placed on a stupendous present after he had left the stage. McIlroy grew up with posters of Tiger on his bed room wall. Scheffler was carrying Tiger-patented golf footwear for the last spherical.

Following a decidedly combined week of climate, the saving grace was a kind of blessed spring days in Georgia with heat sunshine greeting the gamers as they made their method to the first tee.

At ten photographs behind at the begin of play, McIlroy knew there was nothing for it however to go for broke. You might inform by the frequent pleadings that adopted his iron photographs that he was enjoying with the most interesting of margins. 

Yet that is usually when he performs his finest. Not solely is Tiger again, however the return of the actual Rory. What every week.

Throughout the occasion, McIlroy’s driving had been stupendous however he had did not take benefit. Now he capitalised, starting at the first with a wedge that completed 8ft away. At the third he was the solely participant all day to drive the inexperienced and he two putted for an additional birdie. 

You want moments of excellent fortune to go low at Augusta and he obtained one with a slippery chip-in for a birdie at the seventh. Another birdie arrived at the eighth after which one other chip-in for a 3 at the tenth. 

At the eleventh he holed a significant momentum-saver for par from 10ft after which struck a superb iron over Rae’s Creek to 8ft at the thirteenth. When he rolled that in for an eagle three he was seven underneath for the spherical and abruptly something appeared doable.

A poor three wooden at the 14th meant he might solely discover the entrance of the inexperienced together with his strategy. On this inexperienced the place an elephant seems to have been buried, he performed an beautiful chip, utilizing certainly one of the outrageous humps with the ball coming again to only 18 inches from the gap.

In 52 rounds at Augusta, McIlroy has made just one eagle at the par 5 fifteenth, and the drive was left as soon as extra, leaving him stymied behind the bushes. 

McIlroy thought his wedge strategy was excellent nevertheless it bounded on to 12ft, lacking the goal shelf he was aiming for by inches. ‘How a lot did that skip?’ he mentioned to his caddy, dropping to his haunches. The birdie putt skipped agonizingly previous the gap.

It appeared throughout when he went from bunker to bunker at the 18th, however then got here that second of magic to finish the solely bogey-free spherical seen all week. 

It did not get him the career Grand Slam but when it does not give him his mojo again with regard to the majors in common, then nothing will. He in all probability needs the USPGA Championship in Tulsa subsequent month might begin tomorrow.

Moments after McIlroy’s shot Morikawa, from the similar bunker, additionally holed for a birdie. The customary is now so excessive amongst these younger gamers it’s positively ridiculous.

Typical Rory, the golf nerd. He threw his arms in the air when Morikawa holed his sand shot like he was simply one other patron. The pair walked off the 18th inexperienced arm in arm. This won’t be the solely time you see them throwing darts at each other this year.

But it was Scheffler’s week, simply because it has been Scheffler’s year thus far. A fortnight after feeling on high of the world, the sport’s primary has ascended to a nonetheless increased aircraft. 

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