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Masters showdown looms as Scheffler, McIlroy pair up for opening rounds

Posted : 10 April 2024

Top-ranked Scottie Scheffler and world No. 2 Rory McIlroy are set to tee off together in the first two rounds of the Masters tournament at Augusta National, accompanied by reigning Olympic champion Xander Schauffele. With Scheffler aiming to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win the Masters twice while ranked world No. 1, and McIlroy pursuing the elusive career grand slam, all eyes are on this star-studded trio as they embark on their quest for victory.


Scheffler, a standout performer this season with seven top-10 finishes, including two victories, remains focused on his immediate goals, emphasizing his intent to stay grounded and concentrate on his preparation for the tournament. Meanwhile, McIlroy, a seasoned contender at Augusta National with six top-10 finishes in his last nine appearances, is no stranger to the pressure of pursuing major success, particularly the Masters, which would complete his collection of major titles.


Despite the weight of expectations and the magnitude of the moment, McIlroy finds motivation in the endorsement of golfing legend Tiger Woods, who believes in McIlroy's potential to secure the career grand slam. With both Scheffler and McIlroy primed for a compelling duel on the storied fairways of Augusta, the stage is set for a captivating chapter in Masters history as they strive to etch their names among golf's elite..


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