Scottie Scheffler Masters Golf 2023 Preview – Can He Defend His Title?

Scottie Scheffler’s quest for back-to-back Masters triumphs this week hasn’t gone according to plan so far. Only three men have ever achieved the feat – Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods – so victory was always going to be a big ask

Before he could focus on golf, Scheffler hosted the Champions Dinner on Tuesday night where he welcomed a group of previous winners to Augusta for a meal before the serious stuff got underway on Thursday. How much of a distraction this was isn’t easy to say.

Scottie Scheffler’s Form this Season

Scottie Scheffler’s form during the 2022/23 season has been exceptional, particularly since the turn of the year. He is yet to miss the cut line in any of the events he has played in and has finished in the top ten in eight out of the eleven events he has competed in.

He has enjoyed two victories so far this season with the first coming at the Phoenix Open in February and the second coming at the Players Championship in March. The world number one is currently playing as well as he ever has done and will be confident heading into the first major of the year.

Best result

Victory at the Players Championship. The event is considered the unofficial fifth major by many professionals and victory at Sawgrass saw him return to the top of golf’s world rankings.

Last result

Last time out, he finished fourth at the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas. He lost to Sam Burns in a playoff in his semi-final match before losing to Rory Mcilroy in the third/fourth place playoff.

Scottie Scheffler’s Masters Record

Despite now being the best player in the world, Scottie Scheffler has only ever played at the Masters three times before. On his first visit to Augusta National in 2020, he finished tied for 19th while he finished one position higher in 2021.

In 2022, he was crowned the Masters Champion and donned the green jacket for the first time after winning with a score of -10. His closest competitor last year was Rory Mcilroy who finished three shots behind Scheffler with a score of -7.

He has never finished outside the top 20 at Augusta which indicates this is a place that suits his game. However, given his form over the past 12 months, there probably isn’t a golf course on the planet that he wouldn’t play well on.

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Scottie Scheffler’s Performance at the Masters So Far

Scheffler got off to a great start on Thursday and was sitting nicely on -4 after the first round. Despite the great start, he still missed a number of putts which many believed was a good sign going into Friday. Unfortunately for Scheffler, his iron play was poor on Friday and his putting didn’t get any better. A score of +3 on Friday has left him out of contention on a score of -1, eleven shots behind Koepka.

Odds on Scottie Scheffler to Win the Masters

Scottie Scheffler was the pre-tournament favourite before a ball was hit this week. Despite history telling us that defending your title at Augusta National is incredibly difficult, his performances this season had been so good that he deserved to be the favourite.

His odds to win the event earlier in the week were 7/1 but after his opening two rounds, they have crashed to 80/1. It would take a miraculous round in horrible conditions on Saturday for the world number one to bring him back into contention.

Scottie Scheffler Tee Times

Scheffler played alongside Max Homa and amateur sensation, Sam Bennett, over the opening two days. It was arguably the most watched group given Homa and Scheffler’s reputations and the amateur’s stunning performances.

Saturday’s tee times are yet to be announced but a different setup to usual is expected. Players will once again be grouped in 3-balls with half the field starting on the 1st hole and the other half starting on the 10th.

Scottie Scheffler Masters Prediction – top ten

Given how competitive Scottie Scheffler is, he isn’t simply going to throw in the towel and play stupid golf over the weekend. He is going to give it his all and he will enjoy the challenge of playing Augusta National in wet and windy conditions.

We aren’t suggesting that the current champion is going to make the comeback of all comebacks and win, but we do think he will do enough to finish inside the top ten which would be a good result from here.

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