Scottie Scheffler wins the 2022 Masters, the first major of his career, after a dominating performance

The world No. 1 edged out Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy to win his first major title.

After two misses from close range on the 18th green, he drove home the winning putt and made a final round par 71 to finish on 10 under for the tournament, five strokes ahead of second-placed McIlroy.

In his four days at the lush and sprawling golf club in Augusta, Georgia, Scheffler produced excellent golf, refusing to falter under the pressure of being the tournament leader for nearly three days.

In the end, he was rewarded for his recent run of good form, winning the most prestigious tournament title, as well as coming home with the famous green jacket and $2.7 million winners’ purse. .

When asked how he felt immediately afterwards, Scheffler said he was “pretty tired”.

“I want to go home! I’m pretty tired right now – I’m really at a loss for words right now,” he said.

“I can’t thank my family enough – they’ve made many sacrifices over the years. To have the honor of winning the tournament and having my family with me was amazing.”

Scheffler receives the green jacket from 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama.

shape of his life

The past two months have been transformative for Scheffler.

In February, the American golfer had no PGA Tour victory to his credit. Following a three-in-five-tournament winning streak, he was named golf’s No. 1 in the world in March.

And with that scorching form behind him, the 25-year-old Texan was slated as one of the favorites to wear a green jacket at the end of Sunday’s day.

He was threatening after day one, sitting third, just two behind leader Im Sung-jae. By the end of the second round, he had built up a large lead with consistent but precise golf.

On Saturday, in difficult conditions with high winds and low temperatures, Scheffler continued to display his balanced nature to enter the final day with a three stroke lead over Cameron Smith.

Scheffler plays his shot from the 10th tee in the final round of the Masters.

And after Sunday’s first two holes, it looked like he might have a real battle on his hands.

Smith caught back-to-back birdies to cut Scheffler’s lead to a single stroke.

But, as he has for the past three months, Scheffler remained calm, making some excellent shots – including a masterful chip-in on the third hole for a birdie – to cement his lead once again.

As he went about his work without a look of stress on his face, others began to falter.

For Australian Smith, who had pushed Scheffler so hard, his charge for a first major felt apart on the treacherous par-three 12th hole when his tee shot found the water and he had to settle of a triple bogey.

As Smith’s confidence seemed to fade, Scheffler remained steadfast, continuing to pick up pars and a few birdies to maintain his sizable lead.

His closest challenger eventually became McIlroy, who moved up the rankings after an outstanding par 64 eight-under to take the club lead.

Scheffler celebrates on the 18th green after winning the 2022 Masters.

Even with the pressure of a potential Masters title on the line, however, Scheffler did not relent, instead adding to his lead on the 14th and 15th holes to extend it to five with just three holes remaining.

And from there, despite a capricious practice on the 17th, Scheffler managed to calm his nerves, until the final green of the 72nd hole.

With a big lead and his 2022 Masters title almost certainly over, Scheffler showed he was human by making four putts – missing two from close range – before picking up the winning putt and sparking celebratory scenes.

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Scheffler holds the championship trophy after winning the 86th Masters.

Hugs with beaming wife Meredith and proud dad Scott were the first thing before he made the short walk to the clubhouse to sign his winning scoreboard and get ready for his new attire.

According to the PGA TourScheffler’s victory makes him the first player to win four times in a PGA Tour season by the end of the Masters since David Duval in 1999.