Scheffler Wins The Masters to Solidify World No. 1 Ranking
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Scottie Scheffler backed up his world number one ranking by winning The Masters on Sunday at Augusta, Georgia. Scheffler holds off the last-ditch charge by Rory McIlroy to take home the US$2.7-million top prize. He gets to wear the coveted green jacket given to champions of this major tournament. The American surged atop the leaderboard in the second round. He kept his composure until the last hole to capture his first major title. His fourth in six starts since February 13 when he won the WM Phoenix Open.
The 25-year-old shot a one-under-par 71 to finish with a 72-hole aggregate of 10-under 278. He joined 1991 Masters champion Ian Woosnam as the only player to win majors. This is true in their debut events as world number one. He becomes the fifth golfer to win the event while atop the rankings. He joins Woosnam, and Americans Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson, and Tiger Woods. The victory of PGA Tour oddsmakers favorite Scheffler coincided with Woods’ comeback from severe leg injuries suffered in a car crash in February 2021.
Scheffler Secures Breakthrough Major Triumph
Scheffler was three shots ahead of four-time major winner McIlroy who surged into title contention. This was after firing a record-tying eight-under-par 64 in the final round. The American had four birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey in the 18th hole to end his round at one-under. He holds off McIlroy who again fell short of winning the only major title that eluded him. Cameron Smith finished third alongside Shane Lowry at five-under 283. It was Scheffler’s first title since overtaking Jon Rahm as world number one. Two-time major winner Collin Morikawa finished fifth at four-under 284. Rounding out the Top 11 were Corey Conners, Will Zalatoris, Im Sung-jae, Justin Thomas, Cameron Champ and Charl Schwartzel.
Tiger Woods Struggles, Finishes 47th
The other story of the tournament was the comeback of Woods from a car crash. This accident left him hospitalized for weeks and unable to walk for months. The five-time Masters champion shot his second-consecutive 78 to finish 47th place at 13 over par 301 – his worst ever in The Masters. Despite the disastrous finish, spectators gave him a standing ovation at the 18th green for his stunning return to the sport 14 months after the incident. Even Woods was amazed at how he lasted until the fourth round despite having his right leg held together by rods, plates, pins and screws. The 46-year-old expressed satisfaction with the result and committed to playing in the British Open at St. Andrews in July.
There is also a possibility that he may play in the PGA Championship in May at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the U.S. Open in June at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. However, this will depend on the status of his surgically-repaired right leg before the said events. Woods said he was happy to be back at Augusta National, adding that the event has meant so much for him and his family.
This year’s Masters tournament was something for the ages as it provided thrills and chills for golf fans and online betting enthusiasts. The victory of Scheffler proves that he is ready for the big leagues and the comeback of Woods from a career-threatening accident proves that anything can happen in this sport.