In a gripping showdown at the Memorial Tournament, Scottie Scheffler edged out Collin Morikawa to secure victory just one week before the U.S. Open. This final pairing battle of major champions saw Scheffler posting a final round 2-over par to finish at 8-under for the tournament, narrowly clinching the win with Morikawa just one stroke behind at 7-under.

The day began with Scheffler holding a comfortable four-stroke lead over not just Morikawa, but also Sepp Straka and Adam Hadwin. However, as the rounds progressed, the tension intensified. Morikawa launched a formidable charge, closing what had been a widening gap. By the halfway point, he had cut Scheffler’s lead to just two strokes after playing the front nine at 1-under par.

Morikawa continued to press on the back nine, birdieing the 12th to bring him within a single stroke of Scheffler. The momentum seemed to be shifting as Scheffler bogeyed, briefly opening the door for Morikawa to potentially tie or surpass him. However, on the 16th, Morikawa’s chance to equalize slipped away when he missed a crucial putt, allowing Scheffler to maintain his lead by sinking a long par putt.

The drama peaked on the 17th hole where Scheffler’s only bogey of the back nine saw his lead shrink back to a single stroke, setting the stage for a nail-biting finish on the 18th. Both players ended up in the rough after their approach shots, but it was Scheffler who managed a par putt to seal the victory, despite Morikawa’s aggressive chip that put considerable pressure on the final putt.

This victory marks Scheffler’s fifth in his last seven tournaments, a testament to his remarkable form and resilience under pressure. His recent achievements include winning at The Players Championship and the Masters, underscoring his status as one of golf’s current elites. The Memorial win adds yet another feather to his cap as he looks ahead to the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, where he aims to capture his third major championship.

Scheffler’s performance at the Memorial not only cements his reputation as a formidable competitor but also sets the tone for what promises to be an electrifying U.S. Open, with all eyes on whether he can continue this extraordinary streak in major competitions.



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