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© Reuters. Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia U.S.A – April 10, 20,22 Scottie Scheffler, U.S.A, poses with his trophy and green jacket after winning The Masters REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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By Steve Keating

AUGUSTA GA (Reuters) -Scottie Scheffler shook his head and won the Masters by three shots on Sunday. He earned the coveted Green Jacket’ award and consolidated his title as the best-ranked player in golf.

Schleffer has experienced meteoric growth, winning the Phoenix Open PGA Tour event just two months back and capturing his first major title at Augusta National.

Cameron Smith of Australia was in the lead by three shots going into the final round. The 25-year old American won the match with a 1-under 71. This gave him a 10-under 278 total. Smith is five strokes behind Smith. Rory McIlroy was also three ahead.

McIlroy’s final round record of 64 at the Masters was equaled by McIlroy’s 8-under 64. The Northern Irishman led a charge to win the title. He would complete his career Grand Slam.

Scheffler stated that he was able to concentrate on his game because of his three shot cushion.

Although I may appear calm from the outside, it is a difficult day. Scheffler said, “It’s a difficult day.”

“I was very fortunate and was able to take control of today’s tournament, which meant I wasn’t having to worry about the actions of others.

“If I was careful with my stuff, and played well-rounded golf, it would feel like I’d get the job done.”

Scheffler was the winner of three out of five of his previous PGA Tour starts. Smith won the Players Championship.

The final round was played as planned until Smith’s par-three 12th hole in Amen Corner. Smith’s tee shot hit into Rae’s Creek, resulting in a triple bogey 6 and sending Smith down the leaderboard.

Smith said, “It’s just really terrible swing.” Smith said, “It was one of my worst swings and at the worst hour of the week.” This is unfortunate but it will help me grow and make me stronger.

Smith was shaken and never recovered. He finished five back with a one-over score of 73, tied for third place with Shane Lowry from Ireland, who had 69.

‘ENJOY THIS’

Smith started his day with back-toback birdies.

Scheffler retaliated with a stunning chip-in birdie on the third. Smith would then bogey it, taking Smith’s three-shot cushion to zero.

Smith fell to the second par 3 fourth, and Scheffler suddenly had four.

The pair began the back nine after McIlroy shot an eagle at 13th. This brought McIlroy to 6-under.

McIlroy fell five places behind Scheffler and Smith. That put more pressure on Smith and McIlroy as they entered Amen Corner, holes 11, 12, and 13. This is perhaps the most well-known stretch of golf real property where so many Masters have been lost and won.

McIlroy said, “I’ve been in the lead here on the back 9 and haven’t managed to do it,” McIlroy stated, “I was just trying to apply a bit more pressure and it feels like that I succeeded.”

Smith made a long birdie at 11, which elicited a chorus of cheers back in Brisbane.

The 12th was the turning point, and so many Green Jacket nightmares have become nightmares. Smith is now one of them, having found water with his tee shot.

Scheffler stated, “It’s definitely nice to have a lead.” There is no safety out there at the back nine of this golf course.

“I have heard every word, the start is at the back nine, Sunday. Anything can happen.

“I tried to hit some good shots and blocked the rest.”

Scheffler was the only one to show nerves at the end of the match, standing on 18th green while missing two putts that could have won him more.

Scheffler said, “I didn’t want to stress towards the end,” “I kept my concentration intact until the time we were on the green 18.

“Once I got to the green I was like all right, this is going to be fun, and it was.”

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