Scottie Scheffler, second triumph in Augusta

The golfing world is at Scottie Scheffler's feet. At Augusta, the world number one clinched The Masters for the second time, dominating the competition.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Scottie Scheffler, second triumph in Augusta
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The golfing world is at Scottie Scheffler's feet. At Augusta, the world number one clinched The Masters for the second time, dominating the competition. In Georgia, the American repeated his 2022 triumph by once again donning the coveted "green jacket," the symbol of the tournament.

The only player to finish in double digits, he secured victory with a score of 277 (66 72 71 68, -11) strokes, surpassing Ludivg Aberg, who finished 2nd with 281 (-7).

Scottie Scheffler, results

The Swedish newcomer, making his debut in a Major, was the only opponent able to challenge him in the fourth and final round.

Scheffler's repeat victory at Augusta National Golf Club (par 72) solidifies his place in history. His second Masters title came in just five appearances, a feat last achieved by Horton Smith in 1934 (the inaugural edition) and 1936.

"I have no words to express what I'm feeling right now, it's a dream. Meredith, I'm coming," he said tearfully, addressing his pregnant wife watching him on television. In just a few days, he will become a father for the first time, in a golden year that also saw him triumph at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players.

With his third win in the last four events (including a second-place finish at the Houston Open), he celebrated his ninth career title on the PGA Tour (excluding two Majors). From tears at the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome, where he wept in disappointment after losing in the doubles against Viktor Hovland and Aberg, to triumphs, Scheffler has been a phenomenon.

A financial success as well, he earned $12,653,735 in the last 35 days, with his latest Augusta victory netting him $3,600,000 from a total prize pool of $20,000,000. Scheffler received the green jacket from the hands of Jon Rahm, the world number 3 and a star of the Saudi-backed Super League.

The LIV Golf venture was defeated in the face of his prowess. Thanks in part to Scheffler, the very embodiment of golf's "normal people," who rejected the financial temptations of the separatist league funded by the PIF, choosing to remain, at least for now, on the PGA Tour.

The eighteenth player to win the Masters more than once, he is the first to do so since Bubba Watson (2012, 2014). Fourth youngest to achieve this feat after Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Severiano Ballesteros, at the age of 27 years, 9 months, and 24 days, Scheffler is now the undisputed master of golf.

Raised in the legend of Derek Jeter, a former baseball player, Scheffler regards Michael Jordan as the greatest athlete of all time. A devout Catholic, he organizes an annual retreat with College Golf Fellowship members based on faith, alongside his colleague and friend Sum Burns.

At Augusta, even when victory seemed assured, he continued to keep his focus, maintaining high pressure amidst the emotions and applause of the patrons. "It's my way of staying focused, of keeping the pressure high," he explained.

Scheffler wanted to share the joy of victory with his caddie. "He's a special guy," he said of Scot Tedd. "My son or daughter, along with my wife, will now have top priority, golf will come after. But I love to compete and I have no intention of stopping," Scheffler clarified.

Once again, it was his Masters, despite the return of Woods, who finished 60th with 304 (+16) and last among those who made the cut. For the Californian, it was a Masters of both positive records (he qualified for the tournament's final phase for the 24th consecutive time) and negative (his 82, +10, on the "moving day" is his highest score in his 100 rounds at Augusta).

Among the greatest disappointments were the Spaniard Rahm, 45th with 297 (+9), and the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, 22nd with 292 (+4), who for the tenth time missed the opportunity to complete the Grand Slam. Between faith and normalcy, Scheffler, an anti-diva who always carries a bicentennial quarter commemorating American independence on the course, loves cinema, ping pong, and basketball. He is the "Master & Commander" of golf.

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