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Apr 15th, 2024

Scottie Scheffler wins the Masters

Ludvig Åberg runner up in his first major

Scottie Scheffler at 18th Green

Scottie Scheffler is Masters champion for the second time in three years, joining a select group of 17 golfers and becoming the fourth-youngest to win multiple green jackets. Scheffler, 27, carded a -4 under 68 to finish at -11, with a 4 shot victory over debutant Ludvig Åberg. 

It's often said that the back nine on Sunday is where things really start to happen (there was briefly a four-way tie at the top at the 7th) and that's exactly where Scheffler hit a different gear, stringing together a hat-trick of birdies around the turn to rapidly pull away from the chasing pack. 

Ludvig Aberg finished in the runner up spot. It did not look like his first rodeo as the Swede plotted his way around brilliantly all week; second place in his first major with a gutsy performance. His only mistake today, possibly misjudged wind at 11, hitting into a penalty area for double bogey. After last year's stunning Ryder Cup debut, his future looks very special indeed.

In another excellent major performance, Tommy Fleetwood recorded his first top three Masters finish tied alongside Max Homa and Colin Morikawa at -4. Homa and Fleetwood were the beneficiaries of Morikawa's backwards thump out of the trees, after an errant tee shot, resulting in bogey and loss of solo third.

Golf can create unique storylines like Neal Shipley, the only cut-making amateur of the five in the field; a Masters grad student at Ohio State and now a graduate of the Masters. His caddie is one of his good high school friends, Carter Pitcairn, and today the two spent Sunday with their pairing: legendary five-time winner and argued GOAT Tiger Woods, completing his 100th round at Augusta but disappointingly finishing at the bottom of the heap for the weekend.

World number two Rory McIlroy will have to wait at least another year in his bid to capture the career Grand Slam but the man that Tiger described this week as "too talented, too good" not to get it done stays positive and is "going to keep coming back until it is my year". 

The ongoing PGA vs LIV narrative was punctuated by gentle needling from both sides ahead of the weekend (looking at you Wyndham, Sir Nick and Greg), but the majors are different and this iteration was the richer for having all the best players in the field. 

8/13 LIV players made the cut; three placed in the Top 10. Bryson DeChambeau (Crushers) and Cam Smith (Rippers) finished T6, while Tyrell Hatton (Legion XIII) was in T9. Jon Rahm's title defence came up well short, T45 at +4 alongside fellow LIV star Brooks Koepka (T2 last year), 2016 champion England's Danny Willett and Sahith Theegala

For now, the reality remains that the LIV players who should be in all four majors, are. While the OWGR position, with regards to majors going forward and 2025's Ryder Cup, remains up for debate. Scheffler's current billing as the best player on the planet does not.....

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