AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Scottie Scheffler is awarded the Green Jacket by 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan during the Green Jacket Ceremony after he won the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Scheffler The Masters’ Champion And Tiger Will Be Back For The Open

Scottie Scheffler confirmed what everyone in the world of golf knew; he is the hottest golfer on the planet at the moment and his victory at The Masters yesterday was fitting.

Just two months ago, Scheffler was looking for his first victory on the US PGA Tour. Consistent and calm, he had been in contention in several tournaments and yet victory seemed to elude him.

Then on Super Bowl Sunday, it changed. Scheffler won the Phoenix Open via a playoff. A couple of weeks later, he came back to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Then two weeks ago, his victory in the World Match Play lifted him to number 1 in the world and completed a run of 3 wins in the last five weeks.

Now he has the Masters trophy and that coveted green jacket to strengthen his position as the best player in the world at present.

Oh, and he picked up a check for $2.7 million dollars too. Meaning he has won just shy of $8.9 million in his past six tournaments.

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“Cried Like A Baby”

Having led the tournament since the second round, Scheffler admitted that taking a

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 10: Scottie Scheffler poses with the Masters trophy during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

three-shot lead into the final day had brought its own stresses for the normally calm golf star.

“I cried like a baby this morning. I was so stressed out. I didn’t know what to do,” Scheffler admitted after claiming the win.

“If you’re going to choose a golf tournament to win, this would be the tournament. You don’t know how many chances you’re going to get. And so having a chance…You don’t want to waste them.”

Scheffler didn’t. Apart from a slight issue at the start when Cameron Smith cut the lead to one shot after just two holes and then Scheffler’s approach shot came up short and rolled back off the green.

However, his pitch was on target and hit the flag before going into the hole for an unlikely birdie. Smith bogeyed the hole and the three-shot lead was never really threatened for the rest of the round.

Instead of Smith, it was Rory McIlroy who finished second with the Irishman posting a best ever final round score of 64 to claim the silver medal behind Scheffler.

Woods Comeback Completed

Running as a subtext under Scheffler’s incredible form, Tiger Woods managed to

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 07: Tiger Woods reacts after making birdie on the 13th green during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 07, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

complete four rounds at Augusta, an achievement in itself.

A solid start was followed by two six-over par rounds of 78, but with Woods physical condition clearly ailing him over the last two days, he never gave up and completed the tournament.

This was a new Tiger Woods. No longer the prime physical specimen he once was, he’s had to make changes to his game to adapt to what his body now can and can’t do.

The USPGA at Southern Hills in May and the US Open at Brookline in June may come a little too early for Woods to recover and play again, although the superstar has said he will try.

“I will try, no doubt. Like this week. I will get ready for Southern Hills and see what this body is able to do.”

Woods also confirmed he will now focus on just the big events in the calendar, most likely the Major championships and that he plans to play The Open in June at St Andrews, where he has won twice previously.

Woods score didn’t matter, the fact he showed the true character of a champion to finish the tournament when in pain and after almost two years out of the game after a life-changing injury, spoke volumes about the legend.

There’s no doubt the old Tiger has gone, but that doesn’t mean the new Tiger can’t content and as his physical fitness and strength improves, that will come.

Favourite To Win The USPGA Next Month?

His victory means that Scheffler has joined Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas as the 12/1 co favourite to win the USPGA Championship next month with BetMGM Sportsbook.

He is 14/1 second favourite for the US Open at Brookline a month later and the same price for July’s Open Championship at St Andrews. Woods is rated a 40/1 chance at all three tournaments.

One thing is sure, after the events at Augusta this weekend, we are now entering a new era in golf and it promises to be just as exciting as the last.

 

FEATURED IMAGE – AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 10: Scottie Scheffler is awarded the Green Jacket by 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan during the Green Jacket Ceremony after he won the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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