Scottie Scheffler Soars: Masters Favorite After Players Championship Win

Scottie Scheffler Soars: Masters Favorite After Players Championship Win



March 19th, 2024

The Masters roars into view on April 11th, and after his phenomenal performance at TPC Sawgrass, Scottie Scheffler is undoubtedly the frontrunner to don the coveted green jacket. Not only did he etch his name in history by becoming the first back-to-back Players champion, but Scheffler also shattered a record, becoming the fastest golfer ever to reach the $50 million earnings milestone.

Scheffler's Historic Rise: Fastest to $50 Million

This praise is well-deserved. The current World No. 1 defied all odds, mirroring Tiger Woods' iconic comeback at the 2000 A&T Pebble Beach. Starting the final round (played on Monday) five strokes behind, Scottie Scheffler clawed his way back, showcasing remarkable resilience and focus. Even while battling excruciating neck pain – so severe he requested a chair during a potential playoff warm-up – Scheffler persevered, securing victory. This feat, while not quite matching the sheer drama of Woods' 2008 US Open win with a broken leg, still commands respect for Scheffler's grit and determination.

Scheffler's dominance extends beyond the course. In the past two weeks alone, he's amassed a staggering $8.5 million in prize money. This victory also cements him as the fastest player to reach the $50 million mark on the PGA Tour, achieving it in just 113 tournaments. This eclipses the records of legendary players like Woods (177 tournaments) and Jon Rahm (144 tournaments). Scottie Scheffler joins an elite group of golfers who've surpassed the $50 million barrier, currently sitting at the top with a total of $53.5 million. However, it's important to acknowledge the significant increase in prize money over the past few years. While Scheffler reigns supreme in terms of speed, the overall earnings record still belongs to Woods with a staggering $120.9 million.

Can Scottie Scheffler Conquer Augusta? 

Scheffler's momentum heading into the Masters is undeniable. Fresh off his Arnold Palmer victory and his thrilling Players comeback, he appears invincible. Remarkably, he hasn't recorded a single three-putt in the last 170 holes, a testament to his laser focus. Since 2022, the 27-year-old has amassed a jaw-dropping nine wins (including the Hero World Challenge) and a staggering 22 top-three finishes. Beyond statistics, fans are already envisioning celebrating a Scottie Scheffler victory by mimicking his signature celebration – a sure sign of his burgeoning superstardom.

With his historic Players win and his current form, Scottie Scheffler is poised to make a serious run at the green jacket at the Masters. Can he continue his remarkable streak and etch his name in Masters lore? Only time will tell, but one thing's for sure: Golf fans worldwide will be glued to their screens, eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the Scottie Scheffler saga.

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