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Scottie Scheffler rode a strong final round to a second Masters title


Scotty Scheffler ripped off seven birdies in the final round of the Masters on Sunday, including six over a nine-hole stretch, as he pulled away from the field to win his second green jacket at Augusta.

He finished at 11-under par for the tournament and four strokes ahead of second-place Ludwig Aberg.

From a betting perspective, Scheffler was the odds-on favorite entering the tournament.

He was one of the biggest favorites to win the tournament in recent memory, as the 2022 winner came into the event at +450. According to sportsodds history, it was the lowest odds to win the Masters Tiger Woods In 2013 it was at +350.

It was Scheffler's second Masters win in three years, a feat last accomplished by Bubba Watson, who won it in 2012 and 2014.

Scheffler made his move by turning around Sunday. He made a nice putt on the eighth, then stuck his approach to a few feet for a tap-in on the ninth.

The world number one, widely regarded as the best ball-striker in the game, then gave himself another good look at the 10th and got that putt to move to 9-under for the championship.

Scheffler was tied at four for the lead at the eighth hole. By the 11th hole, he was eyeing a victory.

Aberg and Colin Morikawa found the water on the par-4 11th just minutes apart on Sunday, and two of Scheffler's closest followers suddenly found themselves out of contention.

Scheffler was either at the top of the leaderboard or near it for most of the tournament. There were points over the weekend where it appeared the only thing that could stop him was if his wife, Meredith, went into labor with their first child. Scheffler's wife did not attend the event because her due date was later in April and Scheffler would have withdrawn from the tournament if she was in labor.

That didn't happen, and now that he's a father, he'll have a second green jacket.

“I'm coming home,” Scheffler said in a message to his wife during the broadcast of CBS's Green Jacket program. “I'm coming home as soon as I can.

“This is a very, very special time for both of us,” Scheffler added. “I can't really put into words what it means to win this tournament again, I can't really put into words what it's going to be like being a father for the first time. So I'm looking forward to getting home. And celebrating with Meredith, it's been a long time without her here. It's been weeks.”

Scheffler, 27, is the fourth-youngest player with two green jackets. He has extended his lead at world No. 1 since Tiger Woods' prime. Scheffler now has three wins against strong fields — Bay Hill, The Players Championship and the Masters — in his last four starts. The other was runner-up in Houston.

Scheffler earned $3.6 million from a $20 million purse, pushing his season total on the PGA Tour above $15 million in just nine tournaments.

Perhaps even more alarming for the rest of golf is that Scheffler has yet to pass a round over this year. He has 10 wins worldwide since his first PGA Tour title at the Phoenix Open just two years and two months ago.

During this stretch, Scheffler has finished in the top 10 an astounding 65% of the time.

Meanwhile, Woods finished the Masters with a record he could have done without, going off the course with a 16-over 304, his Highest 72-hole score In a career of three decades.

Woods' previous high was 302 at the Memorial in 2015 The only other time he failed to break 300 was two years ago at the Masters when he shot 78-78 over the weekend and finished at 301.

Despite the score, Woods called it a “good week” and said he's about to start preparing for three other majors, including the PGA Championship in May, the US Open in June and the British Open in July.

“It's a golf course I knew going in, so I'm going to do my homework at Pinehurst, Valhalla and Troon,” Woods said. “But it's a game plan.”

Overall, he wasn't unhappy with the way he played.

“Coming in here, haven't played a whole tournament in a long time, had a good fight on Thursday and Friday,” Woods said. “Unfortunately (Saturday) didn't turn out the way I wanted.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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