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Scheffler wins Memorial as wedges become the word

Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Sports
After a week off, Scottie Scheffler is back and claimed yet another 1st place finish with his wife and his newborn in attendance.

Scottie Scheffler returned from his week off and won the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

With a celebration with his wife and first child on the 18th green, Scheffler proved to fans and critics alike that he could concentrate on his golf game regardless of becoming a father last month.

The Memorial Tournament, hosted by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, was an amazing test for the top pros this past weekend as they looked to prepare for the U.S. Open.

The final scores of the tournament were the highest this season so far with Scheffler able to shoot 8 under and only 10 others shooting under par.

The big issue for many players was the approach shot. With the firmness of the greens causing shots to bounce and roll past the flag, the GIR% was at 53.58% this past weekend, down 10% compared to the tour average.

An excess of chipping opportunities led to many memorable moments around the green.

The tournament came down to a chip-off, with Collin Morikawa virtually forced to make a chip and Scottie Scheffler to miss. A perfect line led viewers at home, fans in the crowd and Morikawa himself to believe that he had done it, but the chip did not break the last inch he needed.

A hushed crowd watched as Scheffler effortlessly got up and down to win his fifth tournament this year.

Other notable moments from around the green were from Viktor Hovland with Will Zalatoris and Hideki Matsuyama, all of whom holed out during round one. Nick Taylor, Brian Harman, Kurt Kitayama, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tom Kim and Ludvig Åberg also dropped one in during the second round from around the green.

None were as impressive, though, as Xander Schauffele’s bunker shot that sat on the lip of the hole for seconds before finally dropping in.

Some players struggled much more than others on the nearly 7,600-yard, par-72 course. Justin Rose shot an 80 in the first round, which put ended his week quickly. Five golfers had a round of 80 or greater Friday, with Rickie Fowler being the most notable shooting an 82.

On the final day when the course was playing its hardest, Shane Lowry shot the course’s worst of the week — an 85 composed of seven bogeys, two doubles bogeys and a triple bogey. Only two golfers broke 70 and six golfers broke par.

The golfers that struggled were all some of the top on the tour which proves just how hard the course was. It did, however, prepare them for golfs most difficult challenge and the third major of the year: the U.S. Open.

Played at Pinehurst No. 2, the best golfers in the world will battle this upcoming week as Wyndham Clark will look to retain his championship from his 2023 victory at Los Angeles Country Club. Bryson DeChambeau is hot as of late and will look to win his second U.S. Open Championship, but the main story will be watching world number one Scottie Scheffler.

Winning two majors in his career (2022 and 2024 Masters), Scheffler will look to win his first U.S. Open Championship this week.