Masters Notebook: For Champ, 10th Place Means 2023 Invitational

Augusta, Ga. (AP) — Scotty Schaeffler can now play at the Masters forever. It’s an advantage that comes with winning at Augusta National.

The Cameron champ knows he could play at Augusta National in 2023. It was also a victory for him.

The champ finished 10th in the Masters and that means he will be invited back in the next season. Augusta National has a plethora of ways for players to qualify – victories, world rankings, performances in other majors – as well as awards to those who perform particularly well in the Masters. The Top 12 in one year anyone can come back next year, so the champ knows the invitation will be in the mail as soon as next spring.

“It’s huge,” said the champ, whose Masters invitational this year came after winning the 3M Open last July. “This year has really been a whirlwind for me, with my injury feeling good enough now in the last few months to try to play in the first four, five events. My game is going in the right direction.”

The champ closed out his last season while dealing with a left wrist injury. He came in at number 133 in the world this week. He didn’t have that much spot in the top-40 in 2022. A Masters return was not quite certain, except for one win somewhere over the next 12 months.

“Everything I’m doing ends up getting it right, so first and foremost, that’s the most important thing,” Champ said. “It’s just life, man. I’m learning as I go. Right now, I’m in a pretty good place.”

money Matters

Rory McIlroy earned $1.62 million for the second place finish, and this brought his Masters career earnings to nearly $4.2 million.

He is the seventh player in Masters history to surpass the $4 million mark, along with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.

third attempt

Scotty Scheffler won his first Masters on his third attempt. Only eight players did so on the first or second try, most recently in 2016 by Danny Willett.

The context only adds to Scheffler’s achievement.

Tiger Woods’ first Masters win came on his third visit to Augusta National. Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros needed four tries. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player needed five.

tiger watch

Tiger Woods said on Sunday that he would go to St Andrews in mid-July and play the British Open.

It’s unclear if he’ll play anything before that — including the PGA Championship in Southern Hills in May and the US Open in Brookline in June.

“I’m looking forward to St Andrews,” Woods said in his post-Masters interview with Sky Sports. “It’s something that’s near and dear to my heart. I’ve won two Opens there. It’s the house of golf. It’s my favorite golf course in the world. So, I’ll be there for that. But anything in between.” , I don’t know. I’ll try. No doubt about it.”

Woods won the British Open at St Andrews in 2000 and 2005. He played when the Open was last held in 2015 but missed the cut by eight strokes.

Warner Day

Harold Warner III saved his best for the last in his first Masters: a 3-under round of 69 on Sunday. He completed 3 overs for the week.

He was within six shots of the lead after 36 holes, then scored 80 on Saturday. But he returned on Sunday and prepared it as part of his Masters education.

“I wouldn’t say a springboard. I think it’s a part of the process,” Warner said. “It’s a part of having a chance to win. Yesterday was tough, obviously, what I shot, but how can I grow and learn from that? The great thing about today is that I think next year when I’m here the pins will be in the same places, and I’ll know what I need to do, one for what I need to do to score. get good experience.

busy weekend

It could be a perfect weekend for sports lovers: watch a Premier League soccer match one day, attend the Masters the next.

Harry Kane did it one better.

Kane played in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday – and he was there as mentor at Sunday’s Masters.

It was hardly the only golf-soccer crossover moment at Augusta National on Sunday. Seamus Power revealed he was asking for scores during his round. Given that no one in the course has a phone, getting the score was not easy at all.

divots

Masters champion Scotty Scheffler raised $2.7 million for the win, bringing the total of his career at Augusta National to over $3 million in three appearances. This bodes well for 13th place in Masters history. … Rory McIlroy’s 64 on Sunday matches the best final round in Masters history, having been done on seven previous occasions. The others were Maurice Bembridge (1974), Hale Irwin (1975), Gary Player (1978), Greg Norman (1988), David Tomes (1998), Bo van Pelt (2012) and Jordan Spieth (2018). … The next Masters takes place on April 6-9, 2023. … No silver cup was awarded to the lesser amateur this year, as none of the six in the field to start the week made the cut.

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