Scottie Scheffler has the guts to win the Masters after Rory McIlroy’s late push | The Masters

Rory McIlroy’s wild celebrations were those of a man who had just completed a career grand slam. Instead, Scottie Scheffler weathered one of the finest rounds in Augusta National’s storied history to etch his name into folklore as the world No. 1 who won the Masters. Scheffler stood on the 18th tee with a five-stroke lead in the 86th running of this event. The stuff of dreams. A subsequent double bogey – which included a bizarre four-putt – didn’t matter.

McIlroy’s run had appeared to unravel as he played from bunker to bunker on the tournament’s 72nd hole. Instead, the Northern Irishman dug into the sand. The subsequent raving of McIlroy and the galleries will linger as a moment for the ages. His 64 matched the lowest final round ever recorded in the Masters. His second place represents a career high in this major. Still, it was Scheffler’s day; just as it was Scheffler’s year. What it may lack in personality, it makes up for with an iron precision that defies what pressure should do to even professional golfers.

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1st Scottie Scheffler (US) 69 67 71 71

-7
Rory McIlroy (NI) 73 73 71 64

-5
T3
 Shane Lowry (Ire) 73 68 73 69
T3 Cameron Smith (Aus) 68 74 68 73

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Collin Morikawa (US) 73 70 74 67 

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T6 
Will Zalatoris (US) 71 72 75 67
T6 Corey Conners (Can) 70 73 72 70

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T8
Justin Thomas (US) 76 67 72 72
T8 Im Sung-jae (Kor) 67 74 71 75

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T10
Cameron Champ (US) 72 75 71 70
T10 Charl Schwartzel (SA) 72 69 73 74

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T12 Dustin Johnson (US) 69 73 75 72
T12 Danny Willett (Eng) 69 74 73 73
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T14
Lee Westwood (Eng) 72 74 73 71
T14 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) 75 72 70 73
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T23
Sergio García (Sp) 72 74 74 71
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T27 Jon Rahm (Sp) 74 72 77 69
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Tiger Woods (US) 71 74 78 78

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1st Scottie Scheffler (USA) 69 67 71 71

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Rory McIlroy (NI) 73 73 71 64

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Shane Lowry (Ireland) 73 68 73 69
T3 Cameron Smith (Australia) 68 74 68 73

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5 Collin Morikawa (USA) 73 70 74 67

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T6
Will Zalatoris (USA) 71 72 75 67
T6 Corey Conners (Can) 70 73 72 70

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T8
Justin Thomas (USA) 76 67 72 72
T8 Im Sung-jae (Kor) 67 74 71 75

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Cameron Champ (USA) 72 75 71 70
T10 Charl Schwartzel (SA) 72 69 73 74

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T12 Dustin Johnson (USA) 69 73 75 72
T12 Danny Willett (English) 69 74 73 73
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T14
Lee Westwood (English) 72 74 73 71
T14 Tommy Fleetwood (English) 75 72 70 73
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T23
Sergio Garcia (Spain) 72 74 74 71
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T27 Jon Rahm (Sp) 74 72 77 69
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Tiger Woods (USA) 71 74 78 78

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“I dreamed of being here and competing,” Scheffler said. “Friday was the first time I really thought about winning. I can’t talk about this place enough. It’s amazing that I can come back so often. In a way, I’m happy to missing the last one has made me a little less emotional speaking now.

There is always a moment. For Scheffler, it happened at Flowering Peach, Augusta’s 3rd hole. Cameron Smith, seeking to become the only player other than Tiger Woods to win The Players Championship and the Masters in the same year, had cut Scheffler’s three-stroke lead by two-thirds inside two holes. Scheffler had found trouble on the 3, from where he could only leave one approach short of the green. What followed was like a heavyweight boxing stunt for Smith and further proof that anything Scheffler touches in a professional setting, for now at least, turns to gold.

Scheffler’s chip was running at such a pace that it might have stayed on the green if it hadn’t hit the flagstick and tumbled to the bottom of the cup for a birdie three. As Smith made a bogey, the world number 1’s advantage was three times more. Smith was never to come close to Scheffler, who won his first major by three to 10 under par. His closing lap was a 71.

As Smith faded – his aspirations for Masters glory ended when he found water from the tee at 12th – McIlroy came charging across the field like a man possessed. McIlroy had been 13 adrift of Scheffler at one point on Saturday afternoon. He started the fourth inning 10 short of the lead. McIlroy reached the turn on 32 and birdied on the 10th before hitting the air on his eagle on the 13th. Starts on 15th and 16th looked ominous for the four-time major winner but the fireworks were reserved for the latter. Scheffler dominated the field but McIlroy will obviously take what he produced on lap four to heart.

Rory McIlroy celebrates after taking part from the bunker on the 18th.
Rory McIlroy celebrates after taking part from the bunker on the 18th. Photography: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Of Stage 18, McIlroy said, “This tournament never ceases to amaze. It’s also lucky that I’ve never been on a golf course right there. I come out of this tournament the happiest I have ever done.

“I was a bit short, but I tried hard and I can’t wonder about it anymore. Went there today, shot my best score in Augusta. It’s my best finish. Not quite good enough, but I’ll be back next year and will keep trying.”

Scheffler’s birdie in the 14th minute owed everything to a magnificent approach shot. With McIlroy perched in front of a television and Smith no longer a threat, Scheffler knew he could play the last four holes in three and still win. Which would have been boring, of course. The 25-year-old birdied the 15th, the latest display of a grip he didn’t want to loosen.

Scheffler carried his fair share of luck – he would call it providence – en route to victory, but that tends to happen when a golfer is in the middle of this kind of run. It won’t always be like this for Scheffler, it’s just the opposite for now.

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    Collin Morikawa, playing in McIlroy’s company, also dug into the sand during the last one. McIlroy also applauded that one. Morikawa’s 67 was enough for the fourth four under. Shane Lowry’s 69 meant he tied Smith for third place, one stroke ahead of the Open champion.

    Justin Thomas’ 73 left him at a penny. Will Zalatoris, runner-up in the Masters 12 months ago, again emphasized specialization on the course with a 67 that propelled him to three under. Zalatoris therefore finished sixth. He will be back in 2023.

    Much earlier, after finishing at the bottom of the remaining 52-man field, Tyrrell Hatton had gone publicly where few men do by expressing concern about the venue for the Masters. “You can hit good shots here and not get any rewards,” Hatton said. “Sometimes it’s unfair. I don’t agree with that. If you land a good shot, you should end up near the hole. Not so short term in a bunker because of the slopes they created and all.

    Scottie Scheffler claps claps to his caddy, Ted Scott, on the 18th as Cam Smith walks away.
    Scottie Scheffler claps claps to his caddy, Ted Scott, on the 18th as Cam Smith walks away. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

    “I don’t think it’s a fair test sometimes, and when you get good shots and you’re not rewarded, it shows. I didn’t like it. Hatton’s membership invitation remains stuck in the message.

    For Scheffler, happier times. To be precise: $2.7 million, a green jacket, and a fourth win of 2022. It’s amazing to think that before the first of those, the Phoenix Open in February, Scheffler hadn’t prevailed. on the PGA Tour. He’s been completely relentless ever since. Ask Rory McIlroy.

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