Scheffler lands first Green Jacket

Scheffler lands first Green Jacket

Scottie Scheffler (14/1 – The Open Championship Outright) held off a Sunday charge from Rory McIlroy to win his maiden major, sealing a three-shot victory at the Masters to reaffirm his position as the number one-ranked golfer in the world.

McIlroy did all he could on Sunday to try and win his first Green Jacket, with the Northern Irishman carding a superb eight-under-par round of 64 to fly up the leaderboard and finish in second on -7.

Scheffler also had to overcome some pressure from Cameron Smith, who got to within one shot of the American at one stage and was reapplying pressure with a great birdie at the difficult par-four 11th hole.

However, the Australian proceeded to find the water at the par-three 12th, where he made a triple-bogey, and that ultimately ended his hopes of breaking his major duck.

With a five-shot lead intact coming down the last, Scheffler had the luxury of making a mistake and he did just that with a four-putt for double-bogey, but that didn’t take any gloss of an incredible victory.

The American has now won four times from his last six outings and he will be eyeing further major success at the PGA Championship, which takes place at Southern Hills Country Club from May 19th-22nd.

PGA Championship Betting Odds

Scheffler is 14/1 to lift the Wanamaker Trophy, while McIlroy is priced at 12/1 and Smith – who could take a while to get over this missed opportunity at the Masters – is a 16/1 chance.

One player who is unsure of his participation at Southern Hills is Tiger Woods, who successfully defended the PGA Championship in 2007 at the same course to claim the most recent of his four victories in the event.

The 15-time major champion struggled with the physical aspect of the game over the week in Georgia, ending up 47th, and he doesn’t know whether he will be teeing it up in Oklahoma.

He told Sky Sports: “I won’t be playing a full schedule ever again, so it will just be the big events. I don’t know if I will play Southern Hills or not.”

While a PGA Championship appearance is uncertain, Woods did confirm he will be heading to The 150th Open at St Andrews in July, where he completed the career Grand Slam with his record-breaking win in 2000.

He added: “I’m looking forward to (the Open Championship at) St Andrews. That is something that’s near and dear to my heart, I’ve won two Opens there, it’s the Home of Golf and it’s my favourite golf course in the world. I will be there for that one.”

Wood is 40/1 to win the PGA Championship and 28/1 to claim the spoils at the Open.

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Author: Lucille White