“Golf is losing priority but I still love winning”

“Golf is losing priority but I still love winning”

His caddy, Ted Scott, who won that title in 2012 and 2014 with Bubba Watson, described Scheffler as “a different kind of special.”

“When he called me, I didn’t know he was that good,” Scott said. “He doesn’t really have a weakness.”

Scheffler held off a challenge from Aberg, who was trying to become the first debutant to win the Masters since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, and fellow Americans Collin Morikawa and Max Homa in the final round.

Aberg is enjoying a meteoric rise in the game, having turned professional only 10 months ago. Since then, he has won events on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour and played a key role in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory over the United States in Rome.

Remarkably, it was his first appearance in a major championship.

The 24-year-old briefly tied Scheffler for the lead after a phenomenal birdie putt on the ninth hole, only to see his hopes dashed when he found water at the 11th.

Despite this double setback, he recovered to make birdies at the 13th and 14th and finish three ahead of those in third.

“I was very nervous and shaking a little on the first tee,” Aberg said.

“We knew hitting the water on 11 wasn’t ideal, but we also kept playing. That’s what me and my caddy Joe [Skovron] and our team tried to work on it. Keep playing, no matter what.

“Everyone in my position wants to be a major champion, wants to be world number one and I’m no different.

“It’s been like this since I bought a golf club. This week solidifies [that] a lot of these things are there.

“Scottie is an incredible player and he’s proven it time and time again. He makes us better – and he makes you want to beat him.”


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