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The Grind

Scottie Scheffler’s Tiger-like stat, Ludvig Aberg’s amazing food feat, and why Max Homa is the PGA Tour’s husband of the year

April 16, 2024

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we once again didn’t win the Masters Monday media lottery, but we did get to drown our sorrows in a delicious press room azalea:

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Damn, that was good. And congrats to my boss, Sam Weinman, on (finally) getting to play the course after two decades of covering the event. He took juuuuuust a few more strokes than Scottie Scheffler needed on Sunday.

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OK, let’s time to talk about Scottie and everything else that happened during a wild week at Augusta National. That is, if I can type it all out while battling Georgia peach ice cream sandwich withdrawals.

WE’RE BUYING

Scottie Scheffler: What can you say? Brandel Chamblee predicted he’d win by eight so winning by four almost seems like a bad week.

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J.D. Cuban

Of course, we kid, but this is getting pretty ridiculous right now. With Scheffler winning green jacket No. 2 we haven’t seen this dominant of a World No. 1 since Tiger Woods back in 2006-2007.

The guy never has a bad week. Heck, he never even has a bad day. And now, in a little more than two years, he has two Masters, two Players Championships and nine PGA Tour titles overall. It’s Scotty SZN, y’all. And outside of baby No. 1 coming, it doesn’t look like his reign is ending anytime soon.

Ludvig Aberg: What a fantastic performance by a guy who wasn’t just a Masters rookie but making his major championship debut. I mean, to go to Taco Bell AND Chipotle on the same day of the Masters final round? That’s amazing.

Of course, in addition to Aberg eating well, the 24-year-old Swede played well. So well in fact that we got pretty close to the first fast-casual catered Champions Dinner. Aberg finished runner-up to Scheffler, or, to put it differently, he was the low pro for the week in the non-Scheffler division. This guy has a bright future—and hopefully, one of those Chipotle gold cards.

Local caddies: A couple weeks ago, I tweeted after Justin Thomas broke up with Jim “Bones” Mackay that I’d love to see a PGA Tour pro use local caddies for an entire year and see how his results stacked up. Well, with his normal caddie sick, Tommy Fleetwood tried one out at the Masters with former Augusta National caddie master Gray Moore. And he finished T-3!

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Maddie Meyer

Keep in mind Fleetwood had never finished better than T-17 in seven previous Masters starts. Sorry, tour caddies, but I really might be onto something here! And congrats to Gray on earning a nice check. I’m guessing he didn’t celebrate at Chipotle.

WE’RE SELLING

Rory McIlroy: This isn’t as much about McIlroy’s T-22 in his ninth failed attempt to complete the career Grand Slam as it is about him ruining a certain Masters party. Enter Cody Dubose, who passed out $50 wagers on Rory to all his guests, an amazing gesture that could have created a rocking party.

But by the time CBS even came on the air over the weekend, McIlroy wasn’t even close to contention. Talk about killing the vibe.

Tiger Woods on the weekend: For a third consecutive year, Tiger made the cut at the Masters. And for a third consecutive year, he struggled mightily over the weekend at Augusta National. That included a Masters-worst score of 82 on Saturday and a triple bogey on Sunday while on his way to shooting 76.

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Andrew Redington

Woods remained optimistic that he’ll try to play one tournament a month and fans were happy to hear he plans to play in the other three majors this year, but it’s fair to ask if his body can hold up for four rounds anymore. And it’s fair to assume that his fans aren’t having much fun watching him finish DFL when he does. At least we got to see this great moment as Tiger went over to say goodbye to Verne Lundquist at 16:

It’s getting dusty in here!

Jason Day’s new style: From the parachute pants on Friday to this ‘busy’ vest on Friday, the Aussie caused everyone watching to turn into a fashion critic:

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Ben Jared

And the vest was so bad that Augusta National went as far as to ask him to take it off, which Day did. Probably because he didn’t mind taking that fabric billboard off. It was a pretty wild move by the club, but it was also a pretty wild thing to wear. But shout-out to Malbon, because there’s no way they actually think that looks good and it must have been a brilliant marketing move. And if it was, they’re playing chess, not checkers.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour rolls on with the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town, AKA that place with the lighthouse on No. 18. And this is a big deal with the tournament being one of the tour’s signature events. It’s an interesting move having one of these the week after the freaking Masters, but it’s great for golf fans as we’ll be treated to another fantastic field. And that’s not all. We’ve also got the first major of the LPGA season, the Chevron Championship, to watch. Although Nelly Korda, on a four(!)-tournament win streak, seems like a bigger lock to win than even Scottie was.

Random tournament fact: The last time a player entered a major off four straight LPGA wins was Annika Sorenstam at the 2005 Chevron Championship. She went on to win by EIGHT shots.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

—Nelly Korda will win this week: 5-to-1 odds (Actual odds, too good to be true?)

—Scottie Scheffler will win this week: 4-to-1 odds (Also actual odds)

—Ludvig Aberg will eat more Tex-Mex food in Hilton Head: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

There were a ton of good ones, particularly from the Golf Digest crew, but this one by Ben Walton of Bryson DeChambeau stands out—and perfectly captures what a wild week it was at Augusta National:

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Ben Walton

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK (PRO DIVISION)

This might have cost Ludvig Aberg, who was tied for the lead at the time, the green jacket:

At least it wasn't a Georgia peach ice cream sandwich knocked to the ground. Anyway, young Ludvig learned two valuable lessons on Sunday. 1.) Don’t aim at the pin on No. 11; 2.) Don’t high-five patrons with the hand holding a snack.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK (AMATEUER DIVISION)

Poor Neal Shipley. The amateur had the week—and day—of his life, but it will be these awkward pair of videos that will be talked about (way) more than his play:

And that led to this hilarious piece of editing:

Sorry, Neal, but that’s pretty darn funny.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK (CADDIE DIVISION)

Good for Ted Scott, who won his second Masters with Scottie Scheffler and his fourth green jacket overall. Well, fourth yellow flag, that is:

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK (REGULAR GOLFER DIVISION)

This guy was NOT happy about one of his house’s windows getting smashed by an errant shot:

Then again, you’re playing with fire if you live on a golf course.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Freddie from the top rope!

CLUB PRO GUY TWEET OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK IN PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

After coming close to winning his first major, Max Homa, still wearing his Sunday golf clothes, gave his wife the perfect birthday celebration:

Well played, Max. He may not have won the green jacket, but we’re giving him the title of PGA Tour husband of the year.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“If I catch myself thinking about what can go wrong, I let myself dream about what can go right.” —Max Homa. OK, with an attitude like that, it’s no wonder he was able to brush off a disappointing Sunday so quickly.

THIS AND THAT

Tiger Woods broke the Masters record for consecutive cuts made with 24. Even more amazing, Tiger now holds or shares 35(!) Masters records. . . . Jon Rahm says he noticed “hostile attitudes” from former acquaintances at the Masters. Did he really expect all hugs after ditching the PGA Tour? . . . Rory McIlroy squashed that ridiculous rumor about him going to LIV for $850 million. It would have been Rahm giving Rory a hostile attitude if he got twice as much money as he did. . . . And, finally, Scottie Scheffler’s first green jacket spotting came at a dive bar near his home in Texas:

What a man of the people.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

What was Neal Shipley looking at in Butler Cabin?

What was in that Tiger (reportedly) handed to Neal?

Where will the green jacket be spotted next?