Scottie Scheffler wins 2022 Masters for first career major championship – NBC Los Angeles
Scottie Scheffler wins 2022 Masters in first career major originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Scottie Scheffler entered Augusta National owning the No. 1 ranking on the PGA Tour. Now he also owns a green jacket.
The 25-year-old won the 2022 Masters on Sunday with an overall tournament score of 10 under. The victory gives Scheffler his first major victory and his fourth on the PGA Tour. His three previous triumphs have all come since February, when he won the WM Phoenix Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Scheffler entered Sunday with a three-hole lead over Cameron Smith. The two formed the final pair to reach the course in the fourth round, and early on it was shaping up to be a day of competition as Smith cut the lead to one after just two holes.
It was, however, as close to the score as possible, as Scheffler quickly increased his lead on the third hole with one of the tournament shots:
Scheffler didn’t have his first bogey on Sunday before the back nine. He shot a five on the par-4 10th hole, but held on to his four-hole lead thanks to Smith’s bogey. Smith made up a shot on the next hole, netting a rare birdie on the 11th.
Disaster struck Smith on the par-3 12th hole. The Aussie hit his tee shot into the water, missed the green on his next shot and had to make two putts, giving him a triple bogey and putting him six strokes behind Scheffler heading into the final six holes. Smith ended up tying Shane Lowry for third at 5 under.
As Scheffler and Smith completed the 13th hole, the eventual second finisher ended his round with a stunning shot. Rory McIlroy took his overall score to 7 under with a chip-in from the right bunker on the 18th hole:
Shooting an 8-under 64 on Sunday, McIlroy tied the lowest final round score in Masters history.
The pandemonium on the 18th hole continued when Collin Morikawa, the eventual fifth, also finished his round with a chip-in from the same bunker:
With five holes to go, Scheffler used the rest of his round to remind everyone who was going to be the real winner.
He birdied the 14th and 15th holes, bringing his score to 12 under for the tournament. He got par on the 16th and 17th holes before solidifying his victory with a double bogey on the 18th:
Scheffler shot under par in all four innings at Augusta National. He went 3 under on Thursday, 5 under on Friday, 1 under on Saturday and wrapped up the win with a 1 under on Sunday.
In addition to a new jacket, Scheffler also hit the jackpot this weekend. The winning prize for the winner of the Masters 2022 is $2.7 million. McIlroy ($1.62 million) will also leave Augusta with a seven-figure price tag.
Elsewhere in the standings, defending champion Hideki Matsuyama is tied for 14th at 2 over par. Dustin Johnson, who won the previous Masters, was tied for 12th at 1-over. Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods placed 47th with a 13 over his four rounds.