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Friday, December 09, 2022

2022 Masters Takeaway: Scottie Schaeffler Looks to Prove Bonafide, Justin Thomas Is Entering Moving Day

Augusta, Ga. – It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the world No. 1 golfer, who has also won three of his last five tournaments, scored 67 runs and held five strokes at the 2022 Masters on Friday. First major of the year. However, most of the world’s No. 1 players didn’t become world No. 1s, only two months after they’d never won a PGA Tour event – like Scotty Scheffler.

Scheffler’s quick ride this week mimics her journey over the past two months. His first PGA Tour win came on February 13 at the Phoenix Open. His second was on March 6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. His third went down three weeks later at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 28, the same day he became the No. 1 golfer on the planet.

And now, two weeks after that, He holds the record for the biggest lead of a 36-hole (five strokes over four competitors) in Masters History.

Schaeffler has quietly been a beast in the big companies over the years. His last six starts have resulted in a top-20 spot, and he has been a statistical stalwart throughout his career, despite not winning until two months ago. Again this week, he leads the field in strokes received from tee to green, and his performance is certainly sustainable.

After 36 holes and two days of masters, which have thus been dominated by an amazing game from the returning Tiger Woods, the event finally has a legend outside the Big Cat. Four out of five golfers who have led five strokes after 36 holes in the Masters green jackets have gone to win, The only one who did not achieve that feat was before the start of World War II.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the world No. 1 player will be on his way to a Masters victory on his third debut at Augusta National. And yet, as to why his rise to the top of the world was so quick, doubts remain.

One of the stories that came up in the week was whether Scheffler was a true No. The question was not whether he was a good golfer, but rather whether he was only on a heater.

Masters victory will erase all doubts about Scheffler’s present And his future. Now, the question that overwhelmed the first half of this week – What will Tiger Woods do at the 2022 Masters? — has been deleted and replaced Big Cat’s Nikes. by the wearer, Schaeffler now has the same question Tiger has answered several times during his career: Will anyone be able to catch the world No. 1 player in the final 36 holes of this major championship?

Here are nine more thoughts on the second round of the 2022 Masters.

2. Cat Escapes: Again 71-74 might not sound great in the history books, but Tiger is making a performance considering he was browsing prosthetics a year ago, this time. After going out at 39, he worked his way up to 35 on the second nine and easily made the weekend. Will he contest on Sunday? I don’t think it is considering how poor he has been so far and how broken is his body now, However, Saturday will be telling, and we may just get one final magic work from Kat, which is where she dominates the most.

“I don’t feel as good as I want to feel,” Woods said. “It’s okay. Like I said, I’ve got a chance to go over the weekend. Hopefully, I’ll have one of those lightbulb moments and turn it on over the weekend and get it done. You’ve seen that.” People do it. A chance to go past nine. If you’re within five or six then going past nine, anything can happen. I need to get myself there. That’s the key. I find myself there Need to arrive. Tomorrow will be a big day.”

3. Dustin Johnson lurks: Grind was running for DJ on Friday due to two bogies due to grueling drives at first nine numbers 7 and 9. He scored nine consecutive pars on the second to come home with 73 which doesn’t sound great on paper but was almost two better than the field average in Round 2. DJ knows the weekend is long, and he’s just trying to play his way on Sunday afternoons. His grit and discipline (seriously, grit and discipline for a DJ) are admirable, and winning the Masters under 6 would be even more impressive than winning at a record-setting 20, as he did a year and a half ago.

4. Justin Thomas Jumps, Colin Morikawa Walks: Morikawa’s slide into the top 10 on the leaderboard was quieter than JT’s, but those are your two “if he goes out at 31 early in the day, things are going to get spicy” for people to watch on Saturday. Thomas performed. He matched Scheffler’s 67 late in the day, birdied 14-16 and completely covered 76 from Thursday. He’s legitimately in the mix, and after receiving 5.6 strokes on approach shots in Round 2, he has a path of contention on Sunday that doesn’t seem unimaginable.

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5. 2011 and 2016 also: After Thursday, I said that with a leaderboard that included Dustin Johnson, Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith – the top three finishers at the November Masters – that we were getting the redux of 2020. Obviously, we’re getting even more iterations of 2011 and 2016. Charl Schwartzell (2011 champion) shoots 3-under 69 on Friday and sits at 3-under after 36 holes. He has missed his last six cuts around the world and has not been in the top 10 anywhere since last July. Danny Willett (2016 champion) scored 74 but still sits in the top 10. To add to the 2016 story, Willett took the co-lead at one point on Friday, and Jordan Spieth — who missed the cut — pumped in two waters at No. 12.

6. Toughest Test: The scoring average jumped to 74.6 on Friday, largely due to strong nighttime winds, which were as lively as they were inconsistent. The best indication of how tough Augusta National Friday was? Six golfers shot rounds in the 60s, seven shot rounds in the 80s.

7. Back-to-back Hideki? I’ve probably been most impressed by Hideki Matsuyama’s 3-under show so far this week. He has been a non-factor for the past few months and withdrew from the Texas Open last week with a neck injury. just? He has a real chance of becoming the first golfer since Tiger in 2001-02 to win two straight green jackets.

8. How good is golf? A 63-year-old Larry Midge, who drove 230 yards from the tee this week, beat 28-year-old Bryson DeChambe, who drove 310 yards from the tee at a golf course, which he once scored as 67 for him. had played in. I know DeChambeau clearly isn’t completely healthy, but imagine this happening in some other sport!

9. Being Bubba Bubba: Let us all take a moment to appreciate this absurd shot at number 18 that led to a birdie for Bubba Watson and helped her make the weekend at Augusta.

10. Who can win? If we believe that the downward trend will continue, the winner of the 2022 Masters will be one of the following.

  • Scotty Scheffler
  • charl schwartzel
  • sunje im
  • Shane Lowry
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Harold Warner III
  • Dustin Johnson
  • kevin na
  • cam smith

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