Seeing Green: Scheffler Commands Masters

Scottie Scheffler capped a meteoric rise to the pinnacle of the golf world with a dominating victory at The Masters on Sunday.

In just the past two months, the former Highland Park standout secured his first PGA Tour win, earned the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, and now has his first major championship.

Scheffler left little doubt before claiming the coveted “green jacket” on Sunday in Augusta, Georgia. He finished 10-under-par over four rounds, which was three shots ahead of runner-up Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland.

Making only his second Masters appearance, Scheffler was the only competitor with an under-par scorecard in every round on one of the most challenging courses in professional golf. He became the leader after a 5-under 67 on Friday and was steady enough on the weekend to avoid being caught.

It’s been a remarkable breakthrough season for the Park Cities native, starting with a victory as part of the U.S. team at the Ryder Cup in September. He also won the Phoenix Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the WGC Match Play in Austin, where he starred for the University of Texas before turning pro. He’s earned more than $10 million in prize money in the past six months.

Scheffler, 25, is now the only player other than Tiger Woods to claim four titles in any season including both a major and a World Golf Championships event. Woods has accomplished that feat eight times. In addition:

  • Scheffler is the first player since David Duval in 1999 to win four events in a season by mid-April.
  • He’s the first Tour player to win four events in any campaign since Justin Thomas in 2017.
  • He’s the first player to win four times in a stretch of six starts since Jason Day in 2015.
  • He’s the first player to win his first start since assuming the No. 1 ranking since Dustin Johnson in 2017.
  • He’s the first FedEx Cup points leader to win the Masters since the FedEx Cup was launched in 2007.
  • In his 10 starts in major championships, Scheffler has finished in the top 10 five times, including the past four in a row.

Dallas celebrated Scheffler’s win Sunday evening as Reunion Tower was lit in green.

PHOTO: Courtesy Reunion Tower

“Today, thanks to Scottie Scheffler, Dallas can add The Masters champion to its long list of sports accomplishments,” Mayor Eric Johnson said.

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