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The 2022 Masters Tournament: Scheffler’s Historic Victory and Woods’ Inspiring Comeback
The Masters Tournament is a perennial highlight in the world of golf, and the 86th edition of this prestigious event in 2022 was no exception.
Taking place at the iconic Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, from April 7th to 10th, it brought with it excitement, tradition, and remarkable performances on the greens.
Full House at Augusta National
One of the most notable aspects of the 2022 Masters Tournament was the return of full-capacity attendance.
For the first time since 2019, the Augusta National Golf Club welcomed a maximum of 40,000 spectators per day. Alongside this, the cherished par-3 contest made a much-anticipated comeback.
Par-3 Contest Delights Fans
On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the highly anticipated Par-3 contest made a triumphant return after a hiatus since 2019. However, this year’s event added an unexpected twist to its storied history.
As the day unfolded, the contest showcased the remarkable skills of the golfers, but it also faced a weather-induced interruption.
At precisely 3:44 pm Eastern Time, with 26 players still navigating the picturesque course, play came to a halt. Despite the interruption, the competition had already produced some memorable moments.
In an unusual turn of events, Mike Weir and Mackenzie Hughes found themselves tied for the lead at a commendable four-under.
This unique situation led to the declaration of co-champions, as they shared the honor and glory of this prestigious event.
Adding an extra layer of excitement to the day was Jason Kokrak, who achieved a rare feat by recording the only hole-in-one of the contest. His precision and skill on the fourth hole left a lasting impression on both the players and the spectators.
The Par-3 contest, a beloved tradition at the Masters Tournament, once again provided a thrilling prelude to the main event. While it may have been interrupted by Mother Nature, the camaraderie, skill, and unforgettable moments on display served as a reminder of why this contest remains a cherished part of Masters history.
Scheffler’s Breakthrough Victory
The spotlight during the tournament undoubtedly fell on Scottie Scheffler, who secured his first major championship win.
Scheffler had been on a remarkable run leading up to the Masters, with victories at the WM Phoenix Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, which catapulted him to the world number one ranking.
Throughout the tournament, Scheffler displayed incredible consistency and composure.
He took an early lead and never relinquished it, holding on to it from the second round onwards. A record-tying five-stroke lead after the second round showcased his dominance.
The Scheffler-Smith Duel
The final round brought an exciting duel between Scheffler and Cameron Smith, the only player capable of challenging Scheffler’s lead.
On the second hole, Smith narrowed the gap to just one stroke.
However, the pivotal moment arrived on the subsequent hole, where Scheffler’s brilliant chip-in for a birdie contrasted starkly with Smith’s bogey. This extended Scheffler’s lead to a commanding three strokes.
Smith’s struggles continued, culminating in a triple bogey on the 12th hole after his ball found the water hazard.
This left Scheffler with a comfortable lead for the remainder of the round.
McIlroy’s Remarkable Comeback
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, who entered the final round a daunting 10 strokes behind Scheffler, delivered an astounding performance, carding an 8-under-par 64. This secured him the second-place finish, marking his best performance in a major since 2014.
Tiger Woods’ Inspirational Return
Another captivating storyline was the return of golf legend Tiger Woods. After suffering severe injuries to his right leg and ankle in a car accident in February 2021, Woods made his first PGA Tour start since the 2020 Masters.
Despite visible signs of discomfort and limping through much of the last two rounds, Woods made the cut and finished the tournament in 47th place. His presence was a testament to his resilience and determination.
No Low Amateur Winner
In an unusual turn of events, there was no winner of the Silver Cup, the prize awarded to the low amateur. None of the amateurs in the field managed to make the cut, highlighting the competitiveness of the Masters.
Increased Prize Purse
In 2022, the purse for the Masters Tournament saw a significant increase of over thirty percent, totaling an impressive $15 million.
The winner’s share amounted to $2.7 million, underscoring the prestige and financial rewards that come with winning the Masters.