Dominant Performance Leads Scheffler to First Major Win

Edward Nieman, Writer

Scottie Scheffler entered one of the biggest weekends of his life sitting atop the World Golf Rankings at number one, and exited leaving no doubt as to why he is currently the best golfer in the world.

Scottie Scheffler came to Augusta being the favorite to take home the green jacket after notching three PGA Tour wins already this season. The 25 year old started out the year capturing the Phoenix Open, and added wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC Match Play Tournament. Despite the mounting success the Dallas area native remained focused and stayed hot cruising to his first major win of his career.

Scheffler started out the tournament shooting 3 under par in the first round putting him in good position among the competition only trailing the leader, Sungjae Im, by two strokes. Scheffler found his rhythm on the putting green as at one point he drained three birdies in a 5 hole stretch.

From the very beginning the putter became Scheffler’s best weapon bailing him out of missed approach shots and miscalculated fairway shots. Sheffler averaged only 1.63 putts per hole and never made more than 2 putts on the greens in the opening round.

The second round brought Sheffler’s best round of the weekend as he dominated the course for a 5 under score on the day, placing him atop the leaderboard heading into the weekend.

Scheffler accumulated a total of seven birdies, and only bogeyed two holes in the whole second round. During the round Scheffler continued his dominance on the putting greens, cutting down his average to 1.43 putts per green. Scheffler hit 12 of 14 fairways, hitting 86% of fairways in the second round, well above the field average of 72%.

Scheffler maintained his lead for the weekend shooting a pair of 71s, securing his spot in history with his first major win. At times Scheffler was pressured immensely from the competition as Cameron Smith and Rory Mcilroy made late tournament pushes for the lead. Cameron Smith cut Scheffler’s lead down to only one in the final round but wasn’t able to grab the lead as late round blunders ruined his comeback bid.

After receiving the green jacket Scheffler said, “I really can’t put into words what it means to win this golf tournament. I really can’t put into words what it means that I’ll be able to come back here for a lifetime. I can’t speak highly enough of this place.”

Cameron Smith spoke about his mishaps on the back nine saying, “I feel like I’ve played some of my best golf around here. It’s quite frustrating, I guess, to not walk away with a win yet, but at the same token, I look forward to the challenge of coming back here next year and trying to do it again.” Smith has finished within the top 5 three times in his six Masters appearances.

With the win Scheffler becomes the fifth player to win the Masters while being ranked the number one golfer in the world, along with being his first Masters win. The Masters marks his fourth tournament win of the year as he stays hot in a year that has been nothing short of remarkable for Scottie Scheffler