Augusta, GA – The world’s #1 golfer has won first place in the sport. Scotty Scheffler dominated the final three rounds of the 2022 Masters on his way to a green jacket, Record $2.7 million payout And even more honors as the best golfer on the planet, taking 10 under 278 to win his first major tournament on Sunday.
Schaeffler became the fifth golfer to enter the Augusta National at number one in the world and go on to win the Masters title, joining Ian Woosnam (1991), Fred Couples (1992), Tiger Woods (2001-02), and Dustin Johnson (2020).
That win was his fourth on the PGA Tour this season, making him the first golfer since Arnold Palmer in 1960—and only the second ever—to win multiple events including The Masters in that season’s start time period, according to Justin Ray.
Schaeffler was on such a heater that he actually won all four of those PGA Tour events in just 57 days, marking the shortest streak from a first to fourth victory in PGA Tour history. This was just his third professional appearance at the Augusta National.
The Masters champion has been phenomenal all week. He put himself in competition straight away with a 69 in the first round and led by five runs through 36 holes by scoring 67 in the second round. Although he slipped on Saturday with a score of 71, ceding some of the ground he gained to Cameron Smith, it was Schaeffler who stood strong and increased his edge a bit as Smith fell on Sunday.
Smith put a lot of pressure on Scheffler early on, trimming his deficit by one stroke into the second hole after successive sparrows to open the fourth round. However, the third Smith was amazed as Schaeffler hit such a great shot that it may not have cemented his victory but nonetheless gave his championship new life. After finding pine needles with his second shot in the third, Schaeffler failed to get his ball up the hill and onto the green.
It was posing as a potential tie and a potential ghost. Instead, Schaeffler had the power in what many would call his championship shot.
Indeed, Schaeffler’s greatest test didn’t come from Smith, but Rory McIlroy, as the four-time main winner put together one of the best Sunday rounds in Masters history as he hoped to finally break through with a green jacket and race a Grand Slam. McIlroy scored 8-under 64, matching the lowest Sunday round in Masters history, to take the club’s lead at 7 below the championship. Smith finished 1st for the day and 5th under the championship.
Schaeffler will not be deterred. He nailed his run with successive birdies at the numbers 14-15 to push his lead to five and remove any doubt he would claim the Masters title – and the 2022 golf season – for himself.
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