McIlroy believes in Majors sweep after record-breaking Masters final


Ory McIlroy is once again confident he can win the Majors sweep after a record-breaking final round to finish second to Scottie Scheffler at the Masters.

The Northern Irishman sparked raucous celebrations by taking part in the 18and for a birdie and a superb round of 64 to leave it at seven under par and put pressure on the American Scheffler at the top of the standings.

In the end, a final round of 71 at one under par, including two small missed putts on the 18andwere enough for the world No. 1 to clinch his first major victory at the age of 25.

But it was McIlroy’s final 18 holes that caught the eye and gave him hope that he could earn his own green jacket on the only big four to have eluded him so far.

“I tried hard and I can’t wonder about it anymore,” he said afterwards. “I went today, shot my best score in Augusta and it will be my best ever result. Not enough, but I’ll be back next year and I’ll keep trying.”

Only five men in history have won all four Majors: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player and Ben Hogan, while McIlroy remarkably hasn’t won a Major in eight years.

McIlroy didn’t drop a single shot in his entire round, collecting four birdies on the front nine and adding two more and an eagle in the 13and for his round of eight under having started the day well out of the competition at an over.

“This tournament never ceases to amaze me,” he said. “It’s as happy as I’ve ever been on a golf course right there. I’m coming out of this tournament the happiest I’ve ever done.

Scheffler appeared to be struggling with nerves at the start of his own round as he recovered par on the first two holes as playing partner Cameron Smith made back-to-back birdies.

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But the momentum changed when Scheffler participated in an unlikely birdie on the third and held the chasing pack at bay until his double bogey on the 18th.and at that time, he had five shots in his hand.

This cemented his status as world No. 1. For a player who at the start of the season had never won on the PGA Tour, he has now won four titles in two months but admitted he almost let the emotions of the occasion derail him.

“I was so upset and didn’t know I was ready for this,” he said. “I cried like a baby this morning.

“I dreamed of having the chance to play this tournament. I cried when I received my first invitation in the mail. I love this place and if you had to pick one tournament to win it would be this one.

“You don’t know how many chances you have to win, you don’t want to waste them and the human condition is to make things bigger than they are and you think that’s a lot bigger than it is. ballast.

“I’ve never really made it this far. I still dream of being here and competing. I can’t put into words what it means that I can come back here for the rest of my life hopefully and I can’t speak highly enough of this place.”

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, stumbled on the par 13 and clearly in pain from what was a stunning comeback. His two 78s over the weekend were his worst run in Masters history, but he was encouraged by his comeback and the crowd’s support, and insisted he would play the Open from St Andrew’s later this summer.

“I wasn’t playing my best, but to have their support there, I don’t think words can describe it,” he said. “Given where I was just over a year ago, to end up here and be able to play all four rounds, even a month ago, I didn’t know if I could make it. It’s been a tough road and I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to walk through it.

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