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Scottie Scheffler held off Cameron Smith and didn’t flinch during Rory McIlroy’s incredible fourth round to win the Masters tournament on Sunday and his first green jacket.
Scheffler and Smith were among the leaders going into the final round before the New Jersey native pulled away from Smith in the final stages of the tournament.
With Tiger Woods’ return on the minds of every sports fan going into the event, he was able to shoot a 69 in the first round, a 67 in the second round and a 71 in the third round.
The Masters win was his first major championship and comes after he took the No. 1 ranking from Jon Rahm in the days leading up to the event. Scheffler beat Patrick Cantlay at the WM Phoenix Open in February and won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play last month.
He finished last year’s Masters tied for 18th and tied for 19th in 2020. His best finish at any major was tied for fourth at the 2020 PGA Championship.
Scheffler had some incredible shots early in the round and continually put himself into a good position to birdie or at least make par. He had four birdies, saved par 12 times, had one bogey and one double bogey – on the 18th hole as the world waited for him to wrap up the tournament.
Scheffler didn’t get rattled even as McIlroy started to gain some steam.
McIlroy finished in second place at the Masters. He finished with a 7-under par and had shot a 64 in the final round. He hit an incredible shot from the bunker for a birdie.
Smith was just as on fire as Scheffler through the tournament until this round hit. He triple-bogeyed the 12th hole and it sunk him from there. He couldn’t catch up to Scheffler on the last six holes.