Scheffler in Tiger terrain after commanding Masters win

Drawing comparisons with Tiger Woods, Scottie Scheffler is promising no let-up after underlining his utter dominance of global golf with a second Masters triumph in three years.

The world No.1 fended off all challengers in closing with a four-under-par 68 to secure a commanding four-stroke victory over young Swedish sensation Ludvig Aberg (69) at Augusta National on Sunday.

He finished with an 11-under 277 total.

Americans Max Homa (73) and Collin Morikawa (74) shared third a further three shots back with fast-finishing Englishman Tommy Fleetwood (69).

Former British Open champion Cameron Smith was the leading Australian, and equal-top LIV Golf star, in a tie for sixth at two under with Bryson DeChambeau following a final-round 71.

But the spoils, again, belonged to the supreme Scheffler.  

Much more than shed his tag as a one-major wonder, Scheffler's third victory of the year has placed him in rarefied company.

The American is the first player since Woods 23 years ago to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Players Championship and the Masters in the same season.

Scheffler also joins the 15-times major champion as the only player to win the US junior amateur championship and multiple Masters titles.

And at 27, he is the fourth youngest man - behind Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros - to snare at least two green jackets.

Scheffler (left) receives Masters green jacket from Jon Rahm.
Scheffler (left) receives his second green jacket from 2023 Masters champion Jon Rahm.

Yet he had promised to walk off the course during the final round if he got the call that his heavily pregnant wife Meredith had gone into labour.

"I'm coming home. I'll be coming home as quick as I can. I'm about to cry here in Butler Cabin," an emotional Scheffler said after his victory.  

"I wish I could soak this in a little bit more but all I can think about is getting home. It's a very, very special time for both of us.

"I can't put into words what it means to win this tournament again and really can't put into words what it's going to be like to be a father for the first time.

"I definitely will enjoy the birth of my first child, and my priorities will change very soon, so golf will be fourth in line.

"But I still love competing. I don't plan on taking my eye off the ball any time soon."

Starting the day with a one-stroke buffer, Scheffler briefly lost his lead on the front nine as Morikawa, Homa and Aberg - on his major championship debut - all hit the top of the leaderboard.

But every time he opened the door, his Sunday pursuers failed to walk through it.

Ludvig Aberg.
Swedish youngster Ludvig Aberg briefly topped the leaderboard but was unable to grab Masters glory.

Aberg found a watery grave on the par-4 11th.

Homa endured a double bogey on Amen Corner after needing to take a penalty drop for an unplayable lie on the picturesque but treacherous par-3 12th.

Morikawa cruelled his chances with a double on the ninth after needing two shots to get out of a greenside bunker.

As is his wont, Scheffler found a response every time he was threatened.

There was no looking back after the world No.1 birdied the eighth, almost holed out for eagle on nine and picked up a third shot in three holes on No.10.

Once through Amen Corner, the last five holes were little more than a procession for Scheffler as he joined golf's greats with a second career major.

"I believe that today's plans were already laid out many years ago, and I could do nothing to mess up those plans," the devout Christian said.

"I have been given a gift of this talent, and I use it for God's glory."

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