Reminiscing about a fantastic Masters week
In six starts, SCHEFFLER wins the Masters for his fourth tour title.
In terms of statistics and appearance, Scottie Scheffler is presently the greatest golfer in the world, and a Green Jacket is now a part of his global 2022 memorabilia collection. The 86th Masters Tournament leader from New Jersey carried a five-stroke lead into the weekend, stayed steady in chilly, windy conditions on Saturday, and kept the pressure on throughout Sunday’s final round at Augusta National Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy, who tied the Masters final-round record with an 8-under 64 and included a bunker hole-out eagle at the 72nd hole, ended three strokes behind Scheffler, 25, who had a 10-under total and finished with a 10-under total.
Scheffler hasn’t been intimidated by anything in the last two months either, not even by McIlroy’s remarkable charge from five groups behind. Scheffler’s superlatives, in order: He became the first player with four TOUR victories in six events since Jason Day in 2015. The No. 1 in the world succeeds in his first race. In terms of the shortest time between the first and fourth wins, he even edges Bobby Locke (1947, 59 days) with his first four TOUR victories happening over a stretch of 57 days.
With 600 points accumulated, Scheffler also extends his lead in the FedExCup standings for the whole season. Scheffler said he “never truly reached that far in my aspirations” after attaining the top place in the Official World Golf Ranking with his victory at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play last month. His fantasy campaign continues.
TIGERS WOODS IS GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY IN THE MASTERS
In golf words, that wasn’t the desired outcome. In the grand scheme of things, it was a success. Tiger Woods finished at 13-over 301 at the Masters, his best 72-hole total by eight strokes at this tournament. It is also his career’s second-highest 72-hole total. This week, though, the score was secondary. Woods made the cut and completed four rounds on the incredibly difficult Augusta National Golf Club barely 14 months after being involved in a single-car accident that almost lost him his right leg.
“I believe it will take a few of days to recover after this,” Woods remarked. “But we’ll come back to it and get into it.” What’s next? It will be hotly debated, but Woods has said that he intends to compete in The Open at St. Andrews in July. The only uncertainty is which event, or events, he will compete in leading up to that major.
HARBOUR TOWN GETS A STAR
Cameron Smith heads a strong field at the RBC Heritage, which includes five of the world’s top ten players. Smith won THE PLAYERS Championship in March and made the final group at the Masters on Sunday before finishing T3. Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut at the Masters, will join Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson, and Collin Morikawa in making the short journey from Augusta. Stewart Cink returns to defend his title from 2021. Cink, 48, is attempting to become the first guy at Hilton Head to defend his championship since Boo Weekley in 2007-08.
Kevin Kisner of Aiken, Matthew NeSmith of North Augusta, Wesley Bryan of Columbia, and Lucas Glover of Greenville are all South Carolina citizens. Each of the last nine RBC Heritage champions, including Cink, is expected to tee it up. Zach Johnson and Henrik Stenson, the 2023 Ryder Cup captains, will be present. Morgan Hoffmann, who has muscular dystrophy, returns to the TOUR for the first time since 2019, with three races remaining on his Major Medical Extension.
The Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus design, which has hosted the RBC Heritage since the 1960s, will play as a 7,121-yard par 71. The winner earns 500 FedExCup points as well as a new jacket to add to their collection.
“That’s as happy as I’ve ever been on a golf course right there.” – Rory McIlroy With a final-round score of 8-under 64, he recorded a career-best finish at the Masters (solo second)
BY THE NUMBERS
22 – Tiger Woods made consecutive Masters cutbacks.
24 – Stewart Cink made another hole-in-one in Round 2 with an 8-iron from 166 yards on the 16th hole.
100 – Sungjae ITOUR m’s rounds of 67 or better (Round 1 of the Masters). Since 2018, he has joined Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson in having 100 or more rounds of 67 or higher.
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