Surprise Surprise… Scottie Scheffler dominates the field to claim his second green jacket in three years, capping off a memorable back nine at the 2024 Masters. 

The tournament kicked off with challenging conditions, with winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour on Thursday and Friday. 

LIV golfer Byrson DeChambeau grabbed everyone’s attention at the start of the tournament with an impressive 65, showcasing his powerful drives to seize the first-round lead. However, his momentum seemed to dwindle from the middle of his back nine on Friday through the tournament’s conclusion. Like DeChambeau, many other players found themselves battling the elements, with former Masters champion Jordan Spieth and close friend Justin Thomas failing to make the cut after struggling with high scores. Notable past champions like Mike Weir, Sergio Garcia, and Bubba Watson also missed the cut amidst the challenging conditions.

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We can’t talk about the Masters without addressing 5-time winner, Tiger Woods. At 48 years old, Woods, who continues to work through the brutal aftermath of numerous surgeries affecting his body and limiting his PGA Tour appearances, kept a crowd of thousands throughout the entire weekend.

Saturday saw slightly calmer winds, but Tiger recorded his highest single round in Masters history and his least favorable 72-hole score in a PGA tournament. He wasn’t the only player to struggle–the fast greens kept scoring opportunities limited. Only two players managed to break into the 60s, with Colin Morikawa’s solid performance earning him a spot in the final pairing alongside Scheffler.

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Sunday’s final round turned into a tight contest among Scheffler, Morikawa, Ludwig Aberg, and Max Homa. While Aberg impressed in his Masters debut to secure second place, Morikawa’s hopes were crushed after finding the water on hole 11. Homa found trouble at the short 12th, leading to a double bogey that derailed his chances.

However, it was Scheffler’s day to shine. He carded seven birdies, including a remarkable four birdies on the back nine alone, demonstrating his dominance throughout the round. With a comfortable five-shot victory, Scheffler approached the 18th hole with ease, despite missing his approach shot.

While Scottie’s inevitably great ball striking wasn’t the best in the field, he was able to save strokes around the green at an impressive +7.9 stroke clip. He was positive in all of his strokes gained data. 

Drive: +5.5

Approach: +3.1

Chip / Pitch: +7.9

Putting: +1.8

Total: +16.5

Adding to the joy of his Masters triumph, Scheffler looks forward to welcoming his first child with his wife, who remained in Texas during the tournament. As Scheffler celebrates his second Masters win, the PGA Tour gears up for the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head next week.

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