By: Gus Wilson
The 86th annual Master tournament wrapped up on Sunday, April 10th in the afternoon with 25-year-old Scottie Scheffler, the American and current number one golfer in the world, winning the green jacket, finishing 10-under par. The four-day event in Augusta, Georgia, is the biggest in golf, as the winners’ names are forever remembered in history. This year’s tournament was just as memorable as years past. Along with the visibly difficult conditions including the weather and the green looking different on every putt, the entertainment was at an all-time low.
One of the biggest headlines was the return of Tiger Woods. Woods is one of the greatest golfers of all time, but one car wreck changed his life in February of 2021 and received such bad injuries that his golfing career was in question. However, only a few days before the tournament, the five-time winner of the green jacket announced he would travel to Augusta to practice on the course to see if he would be able to compete. Woods walked through all 18 holes with a crowd falling behind to watch his every stroke. After the practice run, Woods announced he would compete in his first major golf tournament since the accident 14 months prior.
After the first day of the tournament, Sungjae Im, a champion golfer from Korea, led the field at five-under-par. Im was one stroke ahead of Australian Cameron Smith, and two strokes ahead of a four-way tie at three-under-par between Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann, Scottie Scheffler, and former Masters winner Dustin Johnson. Day two was dominated by Scottie Scheffler, shooting a 67 on the 72 par course and taking the lead at eight-under-par. Im cooled down and finished the day two over, with a total of three-under through two days, tying himself with Shane Lowry, Charl Schwartzel, and last year’s champion Hideki Matsuyama. Tiger Woods looked to stay in the heat as he was one-over-par after two days. Smith cut Scheffler’s lead to three strokes, holding sole possession of second place, with Sungjae Im two strokes behind Smith. Woods’s injury seemed to catch up on him on Saturday as he shot a 78 and fell from one-over to seven-over par.
Masters’ Sunday was one of the most noteworthy of the four days at this year’s tournament. On the negative side, Woods had his second day in a row shooting a 78 on the course and finished 47th overall and 13-over-par. Im also completely fell out of the top five and finished the Masters shooting one-under-par after shooting three-over on the final day. The day was dominated by Rory McIlroy, Scheffler, and Cameron Johnson. McIlroy was one-over-par after the first day. However, McIlroy shot a whopping 64 on the 72 par course, tied for the second-best of all time on Augusta, securing 2nd place in the Masters. Johnson and Scheffler were neck and neck until the final five holes, where Scheffler pulled ahead and won the green jacket at just 25 years old.