World primary Scottie Scheffler held rock regular and cruised to a three-shot victory on the Masters on Sunday whereas Cameron Smith’s Green Jacket hopes, like so many others, disappeared in a watery grave in Amen Corner.
American Scheffler began the ultimate spherical at sunny Augusta National with a three-shot benefit over Australian Smith and rapidly noticed it chopped to at least one after two holes.
But the 25-year-old American didn’t panic, carding a one-under 71 to publish a successful whole of 10-under 278, three away from Rory McIlroy, to gather his first main title.
McIlroy had the spherical of the day by returning an eight-under 64 because the Northern Irishman made a stirring late cost in a bid to say the elusive Masters title that might have allowed him to finish the profession Grand Slam.
The 12 months’s first main was poised for an exhilarating showdown between the planet’s two hottest golfers in Scheffler, winner of three of his final 5 PGA Tour begins, and Smith, who claimed golf’s unofficial fifth main on the Players Championship in March, headed out within the ultimate pairing.
That was the best way the ultimate spherical unfolded till the par three twelfth within the coronary heart of infamous Amen Corner when Smith, trailing Scheffler by three, put his tee shot into Rae’s Creek and took a triple bogey six, sending him down the leaderboard.
A rattled Smith by no means recovered, slumping to a one-over 73 to complete 5 again in a tie for third with Irishman Shane Lowry, who closed with 69.
Though having left his run too late to catch Scheffler, McIlroy however electrified the group when he holed a 55-foot bunker shot on the par-four 18th at Augusta National.
After touchdown the ball on the sting of the inexperienced and watching it curl slowly and deliciously downhill into the center of the opening for a birdie, a pumped-up McIlroy reacted as if he had simply received the Masters and accomplished the profession Grand Slam.
“That’s as happy as I’ve been on the golf course right there,” McIlroy mentioned. “Probably come up a little bit bit quick however I gave it an awesome go and I can’t ask something extra of myself.
“It’s going to be my best finish ever, probably not quite good enough but I’ll come back next year and keep trying.”
McIlroy’s 64 was the eighth within the ultimate spherical on the Masters, the latest by Jordan Spieth in 2018. Greg Norman and Nick Price maintain the outright course report of 63.
Not to be outdone, British Open champion Collin Morikawa additionally holed his shot from the identical bunker moments after McIlroy.
McIlroy completed at seven-under 281, however ultimately had left himself too far behind Scheffler at first of the day to have a practical probability, after teeing off 10 photographs behind.
“It’s what you dream about, getting yourself in position,” McIlroy mentioned.
“I wasn’t quite close enough to the lead but to play as well as I did and to finish like this is absolutely incredible.”
McIlroy has received a British Open, a U.S. Open and two PGA Championships, however nonetheless wants a Masters to finish the Grand Slam of all 4 trendy majors.