The Masters: Butch Harmon on ‘Tiger Woods-esque’ victory for key prospects Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy | Golf News


Butch Harmon

Golf columnist

Scottie Scheffler extended his advantage as world No. 1 with a three-stroke victory in the opener of the men’s major of the year; Rory McIlroy took second place after a 64 day round; Butch Harmon predicts strong performances from both players for the rest of the year

Last update: 04/11/22 02:00

Butch Harmon paid tribute to new Masters champion Scottie Scheffler after world No. 1's incredible performance

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Butch Harmon paid tribute to new Masters champion Scottie Scheffler after world No. 1’s incredible performance

Butch Harmon paid tribute to new Masters champion Scottie Scheffler after world No. 1’s incredible performance

Scottie Scheffler’s dominating performance at the Masters in his first major victory was reminiscent of performances by Tiger Woods earlier in his career, according to Butch Harmon.

Scheffler, who became world number one last month, dominated the field at Augusta National to seal his fourth title in six tournaments, capping an incredible streak to win the first major of the year on Sunday.

Harmon coached five-time champion Woods, who made his return to major tournament action during his unrivaled dominance of the sport in the early 2000s.

“He [Scheffler] is an incredible young player, only 25 years old, but look at how he performed, through adversity and what he did well.

Highlights from day four of the 2022 Masters in Augusta

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Highlights from day four of the 2022 Masters in Augusta

Highlights from day four of the 2022 Masters in Augusta

“You’ve never seen highs, you’ve never seen lows. His game speaks for itself.

“What he’s done in the last two months is beyond that, it’s Tiger-esque. He does it so calmly, so coolly, so relaxed.

“I take my hat off to him, it’s amazing what this man has done. Three months ago most people in the golf world didn’t know who he was. They know who he is now.

“Nothing gets on this guy. He reminds me of Jack Nicklaus. His composure, his composure. He’s never this excited, he’s going about his business. He’s a 25-year-old mate, the way he plays .

Scheffler made the most of his five-stroke advantage on the 18th green as he put four putts for a double bogey to win his first major

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Scheffler made the most of his five-stroke advantage on the 18th green as he put four putts for a double bogey to win his first major

Scheffler made the most of his five-stroke advantage on the 18th green as he put four putts for a double bogey to win his first major

“We all know Scottie Scheffler is the best player in the world right now, and he’s not stopping now. He’s going to keep going on and on, and guess what, the Grand Slam is on because he’s the one to can win it.

“He climbed the ladder pretty quickly, and if you think he’s at the top of the ladder now, you’re wrong. It’s a big ladder and he’s going to keep climbing it. This guy is amazing – this what he did and how fast he did it, he’s the man here. Now you know why he’s No. 1 in the world.”

Davies: Scheffler answered questions

Dame Laura Davies also felt that Scheffler’s performance was reminiscent of Prime Woods.

“Everyone was wondering if he was a worthy world No. 1, but now those questions have been answered,” Davies said.

Scheffler participates in an incredible birdie after being in the trees after his tee shot on the third hole!

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Scheffler participates in an incredible birdie after being in the trees after his tee shot on the third hole!

Scheffler participates in an incredible birdie after being in the trees after his tee shot on the third hole!

“He had a pretty big lead where there was so much pressure but he was calm and composed even when he hit him in the trees on the 18th. [in round three]. He made a bogey when it could have been a double or a triple.

“Whenever there was a question, he answered it. It was Tiger-esque the way he won this week.”

Butch: Rory will win a major this year

Rory McIlroy produced a majestic round of 64, one shy of the Augusta course record

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Rory McIlroy produced a majestic round of 64, one shy of the Augusta course record

Rory McIlroy produced a majestic round of 64, one shy of the Augusta course record

Rory McIlroy shot the lowest round of the week – and his lowest score ever in Augusta – with an eight-under 64 on the final day to finish second, and Harmon thinks the round could be one. enormous importance.

McIlroy won his four major titles between 2011 and 2014 but has failed to win one of the sport’s biggest prizes since then.

“I think it’s going to do wonders for Rory McIlroy’s confidence.

McIlroy says after fourteen years of playing the Masters he produced his best trick and will continue to try to earn that green jacket.

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McIlroy says after fourteen years of playing the Masters he produced his best trick and will continue to try to earn that green jacket.

McIlroy says after fourteen years of playing the Masters he produced his best trick and will continue to try to earn that green jacket.

“We all know the talent he has, we all know how good he is, but I think that’s what’s going to transform him. It’s going to give him confidence.

“And I’m going to go out on a limb right now, I think Rory McIlroy is going to win a major – one of the next three, and I think that’s going to be the reason why it happens.

“I think that’s what Rory McIlroy needed. I don’t know where he’s been, I don’t know what’s been on his mind for the past few years. I know what his talent is because he’s the one of the best players I think I’ve seen.

“It’s going to propel him to where we think he should be.”

When are the other majors of this year?

Scheffler will now aim for another major success at the PGA Championship from May 19-22, which takes place at Southern Hills Country Club for the first time since Woods won there in 2007, with the US Open next being held at the Country Club in Brookline. June 16-19.

The men’s major season then climaxes at the 150th Open from July 14-17, with Woods confirming he intends to play at St Andrews, with all majors again exclusively live this year on Sky Sports Golf.




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