Scottie Scheffler was willing to withdraw from Masters with the lead after Saturday’s round: Baby on the way, and did not want to miss it/Scheffler makes sure his caddy gets his due too/Tiger Woods made the cut, but finished Worst-Ever for him

Scottie Scheffler was willing to withdraw from Masters with lead
from Larry Brown Sports, with By Steve DelVecchio, and from YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com

Scottie Scheffler was once again in the lead heading into the final day of a major, but the world’s No. 1 golfer says there remained a chance that he would not complete the tournament.

Scheffler was 7-under through 54 holes heading into Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. He had a slight lead over Collin Morikawa, who was 6-under. Even though he was leading, Scheffler says he would have still withdrawn if one set of circumstances arose.

Scheffler and his wife Meredith are expecting their first child. The baby is due at the end of April. Scheffler said before the Masters that he would leave Augusta National immediately if his wife went into labor. Prior to the final round on Sunday, Scheffler said his stance had not changed at all.

“We have somebody here that has access to their cell phone, if that’s alright,” Scheffler told reporters, joking about the no-cell phone policy at Augusta National. “And, yes, I’ll be available to go home whenever I need to.”

A reporter then asked Scheffer if he thought his wife might not call in order to get him to finish the tournament, to which he replied, “She better call.”

Scheffler won the Masters two years ago. He has been open on numerous occasions about how family is the most important thing in his life and golf is a distant second. Many wondered if being in position to win a second green jacket would alter his stance on withdrawing for the birth of his child, but he obviously made up his mind.

Watch: Scottie Scheffler had awesome gesture for his caddie after Masters win
from Larry Brown Sports with Steve DelVecchio, and from YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com

Scottie Scheffler was dominant once again on Sunday en route to his second Masters win in three years, and he made sure his caddie got to share the spotlight with him.

Scheffler shot a 68 in the final round of the 2024 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. He finished 11-under for the tournament, which was four shots better than runner-up Ludvig Aberg. As he was making the walk to the clubhouse from the 18th green, Scheffler stopped and waited for his caddie Ted Scott.

Most players make the famous walk to the Augusta National clubhouse alone, but Scheffler wanted Scott to walk ahead of him. Scott seemed to appreciate the gesture and savor the moment.

Scheffler has played incredible golf since he broke through with that first Masters win in 2022. In addition to the two wins at Augusta, Scheffler has 10 wins on the PGA Tour, two of which came at The Players Championship this year and last. He is truly at the top of his game and by far the best player in the world.

There was no guarantee Scheffler would finish the Masters this year due to some circumstances in his personal life, but the week could not have gone better for him. It was nice to see him acknowledge the role his caddie played in all of that.

Tiger Woods sets two very different records at the Masters
from Larry Brown Sports, with Steve DelVecchio, and from YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com

Tiger Woods has been through it all at Augusta National throughout the course of his career, and the two records he set at the 2024 Masters illustrate that perfectly.

Woods shot 72 in the first round and 73 in the second round at this year’s Masters, which was good enough to make the cut and keep him in the hunt. That was his 24th consecutive made cut at Augusta, which broke the previous record that was held by Fred Couples and Gary Player.

Woods has never missed a cut during his professional career at the Masters, so he also kept that streak intact.

It was all downhill from there. Woods struggled on Saturday and Sunday, shooting an 82 and then a 77. He finished 16-over, which was his worst ever cumulative score in a major tournament.

Considering he had not played since The Genesis Invitational in February, it was a huge accomplishment that Woods even made the cut. The 48-year-old was undoubtedly battling through discomfort, though that is pretty much a given for him at this point in his career.

Woods made it clear after the second round that he was not looking to simply go through the motions over his final 48 holes, which is hardly a surprise. His game — and likely, his body — just did not cooperate.