Unbeatable Scottie Scheffler clinches second Masters title at Augusta National 2024


Unbeatable Scottie Scheffler clinches second Masters title at Augusta National 2024

Scottie Scheffler celebrates on the 18th green after stealing his second major victory at the 2024 Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

He clinched his second Masters title in style on Sunday, cementing the American’s status as the preeminent force in men’s golf. The world No.1 was unshakeable at Augusta National, shrugging off attacks from multiple challengers to finish four shots ahead of Sweden’s Ludvig Åberg. 

Scheffler had arrived at the 88th edition of the tournament as the odds-on favorite and proved bookmakers correct, a closing four-under 68 lifting him to 11-under overall and sealing his third win in just over a month, as well as a $3.6 million cash prize. 

Åberg shines, Woods disappoints

Scheffler’s ninth PGA Tour title – and third in his last four starts – sees the 27-year-old become the 18th player to tally multiple Masters wins, and the fourth youngest to achieve that kind success after Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods, who finished 60th following his 100th round at the major.

Five-time Masters champion Woods – making only his third competitive start since limping out of last year’s tournament – had quelled doubts over his ability to navigate the hilly Augusta terrain to make the cut for a record-breaking 24th consecutive time, but struggled over the weekend.

Having opened with rounds of 73 and 72, the 48-year-old shot 82 – his worst-ever round at the tournament – and a 77 to finish 16-over par, last of those to make the cut.

Åberg ran Scheffler closest with a brilliant display in his first major appearance, carding a final round 69 to fall just short of becoming the first player since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win on his Masters debut.

It accelerates the 24-year-old’s meteoric rise since turning professional last June. The world No. 9 played a starring role in Team Europe’s Ryder Cup victory in Rome less than 100 days after calling time on a prodigious amateur career, and clinched his first PGA Tour title at the RSM Classic a month later.

A Great finish

Scheffler’s ascent coincided with his playing partner plummeting in a tailspin, as Morikawa took two attempts to escape a bunker at the ninth before splashing a shot into the water two holes later to card two double bogeys in a matter of minutes.

Aberg’s charge came to a soggy standstill as he joined the American in finding the pond at 11, his double bogey soon matched by Homa after his tee shot at the par-three 12th was swallowed up by a bush, forcing him to take a drop.

Aberg did his best to turn up the heat with back-to-back birdies, but the stone-faced Scheffler was at his unflappable best, extending his buffer to four shots with his sixth birdie of the day – and 20th of the week – at the par-three 16th.Finally, scheffler had managed to win the title.