What a year it’s been for Scottie Scheffler. It’s only April, but the 25-year-old American has already climbed to the top of the official world golf rankings after winning three out of five starts on the PGA Tour. Then on Sunday he won his fourth tournament of the season, the biggest of them all – the Masters, his first major title of his career.
At the Augusta National, Scheffler showed why he is the No. 1 golfer in the world and “consolidated his place as the dominant force in the men’s game,” continued Jonathan Jurejko BBC Sport. Scheffler clinched the Green Jacket, the Masters trophy and the $2.7million (£2million) winners’ money with a one-under 71 in the finals, finishing with a ten-under, three shots short the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.
Scheffler held a three-stroke lead overnight as he headed into the final round of the first major of the year on Sunday. And afterwards he revealed that on the morning of the finals he “cried like a baby” because “he doubted whether he was ready to win one of sport’s most legendary tournaments,” the BBC added.
In his post-tournament speech, Scheffler said he first thought of winning “probably on Friday afternoon.” When asked how it feels to be Masters champion, he added: “I want to go home! I’m pretty tired right now – I really don’t have the words. I cannot thank my family enough – they have made many sacrifices over the years. To have the honor of winning the tournament and having my family with me was incredible.”
The win makes Scheffler the first player to win four times in a six-start streak on the PGA Tour since Jason Day in 2015. He is the sixth player to win in his first start on the PGA Tour as world No. 1 and sixth in world No. 1 to win the Masters.
“Outstanding player at all levels”
The past two months have been “transformative” for Scheffler, who “didn’t have a win on the PGA Tour in February,” Morse said CNN. Now in “the shape of his life,” Scheffler produced “excellent golf” during four days at the lush, sprawling Augusta golf club and refused to “sway under the pressure of being the tournament leader for nearly three days.”
From the junior ranks to the PGA Tour, Scheffler was “a standout player at every level of his golf career,” continued Dane Belbeck TheScore.com. The past few years have “established him as a conspicuous player at the highest level,” but the Texan has been running ever since Ryder Cup 2021 is “a perennial stoker for the sport” and has “propelled it to the top” in the golfing landscape.
Coaching guru Butch Harmon believes Scheffler’s dominant performance at the Masters was reminiscent of Tiger Woods’ performances earlier in his career. Sky Sports reported. Harmon, who was a former Woods coach, said what Scheffler has been doing for the past few months “is beyond, it’s Tiger-esque.” Harmon added, “He does it so calmly, so cool, so relaxed. I take my hat off to him, it’s incredible what this man has achieved. Three months ago, most of the golfing world didn’t know who he was. You now know who he is.”
How Woods and Nicklaus reacted to Scheffler’s win
Golf icon Woods, who is making a comeback after suffering serious injuries in a car accident, led the praise for the new Masters champion. In a tweet Woods congratulated Scheffler on “an outstanding win” and said: “It was a special run”.
Eighteen-time Major champion Jack Nicklaus said the world No. 1 “proved why he’s No. 1”. Nicholas tweeted: “Congratulations to Masters winner and first-time Major champion Scottie Scheffler! Scottie didn’t have his best game at times, but he did what champions do. That meant drawing on great short iron play, excellent putting and very good discipline.”
Scheffler is now aiming for more success at the next major of the season, the PGA Championship May 19-22 at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/sport/golf/956395/scottie-scheffler-the-masters-meteoric-rise-worlds-best-golfer Scottie Scheffler wins the Masters: a meteoric rise to become the world’s best golfer