Scottie Scheffler made his first career start as the No. 1 player in the world last week at the Masters. He leaves Augusta National Golf Club with a Green Jacket (at a price of 16-1) and his fourth PGA Tour victory in less than two months. Scheffler is the first player to win the Masters in his first start as the OWGR No. 1 since Ian Woosnam in 1991. Despite a four-putt on the 72nd hole, Scheffler won by three strokes and was the class of the field all week.
Rory McIlroy made a charge on Sunday to finish runner-up by shooting a 64 (tying the lowest final round at Augusta National), the only bogey-free round of any player in the entire tournament. McIlroy hasn’t won a major since the 2014 PGA Championship, with the main culprit being poor starts. Since the 2015 Masters, he is now 35-over par in Round 1 and 68-under par in Rounds 2-4.
Cameron Smith looked like he was going to be the man to challenge Scheffler, cutting his lead to just one stroke after two holes in the final round. However, his chances took a swim in Rae's Creek at No. 12. The Australian finished third along with Shane Lowry. McIlroy and Lowry were tipped in this column last week.