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Scottie Scheffler holds on for 1-stroke victory at the Memorial

Scottie Scheffler holds on for 1-stroke victory at the Memorial

Having already won this year at the courses famously connected to Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones, two of the faces that would be etched on the Mount Rushmore of golf, Scottie Scheffler added winning at Jack’s Place, shooting a final-round 2-over-par 74 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday in the 2024 Memorial Tournament. That was enough to hang on for a one-stroke victory, his 11th career PGA Tour title, at the house that Jack Nicklaus built.

“I like it when it gets this hard,” Scheffler said. “I didn’t do a whole lot great today but I did enough to get it done.”

The only other player to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship in March, the Masters in April and the Memorial in June in the same season? In 2001, Tiger Woods, another of the faces on the Mount Rushmore of golf, achieved that feat.

That’s pretty select company. Ahead of the PGA Championship last month, Woods was asked to describe the tremendous run by Scheffler to become the dominant world No. 1 this season. “If he putts awful, then he finishes in the top 10. If he putts decent, he wins. He putts great, he runs away. He’s just that good a ball-striker and that good an all-around player.”

After entering the final round with a four-stroke edge, Scheffler was nursing a one-streak lead before he canned a 16-foot par putt at 16 to stretch his lead to two and despite a rocky finish, he held off Collin Morikawa, who closed in 71, the only player from the final 13 groups to break par, for his fifth top-5 finish this season. Scheffler finished with a 72-hole aggregate of 8-under 280.

“I know he didn’t have his A game on several holes today, like a lot of fellas didn’t have their A games on several holes today, but he put enough of his A game together to win the golf tournament and that’s what it’s all about,” Nicklaus, the 18-time major winner and Memorial tournament host, said.

It marked Scheffler’s third win at a Signature event this season and fifth win in his last eight starts, making him the first to win five times in a season since Justin Thomas seven years ago and the first to win five times before the U.S. Open since Tom Watson in 1980.

Scheffler opened with rounds of 67-68 to claim the 36-hole lead and managed to extend it by a…


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