Scottie Scheffler tamed Augusta National to claim the 88th Masters and his second green jacket, winning by four shots

When you know the outcome, you ask yourself why you even questioned it. That's how it felt watching Scottie Scheffler navigate his way to his second Major title and second green jacket.

Ahead of the 88th Masters, predictions were made as to who would contend and although a number of different names were bounced around, deep down we knew that in his current form, he was nearly impossible to beat.

This was evident when the 27-year-old won for the first time this year a month ago at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. At the time Rory McIlroy said:

"He's been super consistent. I think being as consistent as Scottie has been is really, really difficult in this game. Anyone can pop up and win an event here or there or get on a good run, but the consistent performances that Scottie's been putting in week-in and week-out every time he tees it up, it is incredible.

"Just sort of lapping the field is, it's super impressive, but we all knew that he had this in him. His ball striking is, honestly, on another level compared to everyone else right now. We knew if he started to hole putts, then this sort of stuff would happen."

Masters Sunday

Fast forward to Sunday at the Masters and Scheffler took a one shot lead into the final round. The American didn't necessarily make it look easy to begin his round and afterwards would say that he and his caddie Teddy got the wind wrong on the first few holes.

A birdie on three was cancelled out by a bogey on four and a further bogey on seven would bring playing partner Collin Morikawa and major first timer Ludvig Aberg into the mix.

But whilst players like Aberg may have felt they could apply some pressure, especially after a fantastic birdie on nine to get to a share of the lead. The World Number one had other ideas, because anything Aberg tried to do, Scheffler would do better.

Maintaining his one shot lead as he made the turn, Scheffler never looked back, he could even afford a final bogey on 11. So strong was his game that he produced a further three birdies in the last six holes to win by four shots at 11-under-par.

A dream come true

The 24-year-old Swede really felt like the only true challenger to Scheffler's dominance but a ball in the water at 11 which ended as a double-bogey would be his undoing and many fans wondering, what if.

Aberg finished on his own in second, a pretty impressive feat for his first Major:

"Playing here at Augusta National is a dream come true. Just to be in this situation and feel the nerves and feel the pressure walking down the last couple holes is what you dream of. This is what I have been wanting to do for such a long time, and it's quite surreal to actually have the opportunity to experience it. But I'm so proud of me, myself and all of the people on my team and my family and everyone involved."

There's no doubt that Augusta National put up a huge challenge this week, especially on Thursday and Friday. How did the two-time Masters champion feel?

"No, it's hard to put into words how special this is. It's been a long week, a grind of a week. The golf course was so challenging, and to be sitting here wearing this jacket again and getting to take it home is extremely special."

Impending fatherhood

Having won three times in his last four starts, the other finish being tied second, Scheffler will look to continue his awesome form but he will have more to contend with mentally as he is to become a father in the coming weeks.

Notably absent this week was his wife Meredith and when asked how he felt about this particular moment in his life - Masters Champion and nearly first-time father, he said:

"You're about to make me cry here in Butler Cabin! It's a very special time for both of us. I can't put into words what it means to win this tournament again. I really can't put into words what it's going to be like to be a father for the first time. I'm looking forward to getting home and celebrating with Meredith. It's been a long week here without her, but I'm just looking forward to getting home."

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