Masters Pocket book: for Champ, tenth Place Means a 2023 Invite | Sports activities Information

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports activities Author

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Scottie Scheffler can play within the Masters ceaselessly now. That’s a perk that comes with profitable at Augusta Nationwide.

Cameron Champ is aware of he can play at Augusta Nationwide in 2023. For him, that was a win as nicely.

Champ completed tied for tenth on the Masters, and which means he’ll be invited again subsequent season. Augusta Nationwide has loads of methods for gamers to qualify — wins, world rating, efficiency in different majors — plus rewards those that do particularly nicely on the Masters. Anybody within the prime 12 one yr can come again the next yr, so Champ is aware of that invitation can be within the mail as subsequent spring looms.

“It’s big,” mentioned Champ, whose Masters invite this yr got here by profitable the 3M Open final July. “This yr has been only a whirlwind actually for me, with my damage to making an attempt to play by the primary 4, 5 occasions to now feeling fairly respectable the previous couple of months. My recreation goes in the fitting route.”

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Champ shut down his season final fall whereas coping with a left wrist damage. He got here into this week ranked No. 133 on the earth. He hadn’t had a lot as a top-40 end in 2022. A Masters return, barring a victory someplace within the subsequent 12 months, wasn’t precisely a certainty.

“The whole lot I’m coping with off the course is lastly going proper, so at the start, that’s an important,” Champ mentioned. “It’s simply life, man. I’m studying as I’m going. Proper now, I’m simply in a terrific spot.”

Rory McIlroy earned $1.62 million for ending second, and that pushed his Masters profession earnings to only about $4.2 million.

He’s the seventh participant in Masters historical past to eclipse the $4 million mark, becoming a member of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.

Scottie Scheffler received his first Masters in his third try. Solely eight gamers did it within the first or second attempt, most not too long ago Danny Willett in 2016.

The context solely provides to Scheffler’s accomplishment.

Tiger Woods’ first Masters win got here on his third go to to Augusta Nationwide. Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros wanted 4 tries. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Participant wanted 5.

Tiger Woods mentioned Sunday that he’ll go to St. Andrews in mid-July and play the British Open.

It’s unclear if he’ll play something earlier than then — together with the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Could and the U.S. Open at Brookline in June.

“I’m wanting ahead to St. Andrews,” Woods mentioned in his post-Masters interview with Sky Sports activities. “That’s one thing that’s close to and expensive to my coronary heart. I’ve received two Opens there. It’s the house of golf. It’s my favourite golf course on the earth. So, I can be there for that one. However something in between that, I don’t know. I’ll attempt. There’s little question.”

Woods received British Opens at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005. He performed when the Open was final there in 2015 however missed the minimize by eight strokes.

Harold Varner III saved his finest for final in his first Masters: a 3-under spherical of 69 on Sunday. He completed 3 over for the week.

He was inside six photographs of the lead after 36 holes, then shot an 80 on Saturday. However he bounced again on Sunday, chalking all of it up as a part of his Masters schooling.

“I wouldn’t say a springboard. I simply suppose it’s part of the method,” Varner mentioned. “It’s part of having an opportunity to win. Yesterday was powerful, clearly, what I shot, however simply how can I develop from that and be taught from that? The cool half about at the moment is I believe the pins can be in comparable spots subsequent yr once I’m right here, and I’ll know sort of what to do, get a very good really feel for what I must do to attain.”

It could be a really perfect weekend for sports activities followers: see a Premier League soccer match in the future, attend the Masters the following.

Harry Kane did it one higher.

Kane performed in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday — and he was on the Masters as a patron on Sunday.

It was hardly the one golf-soccer crossover second at Augusta Nationwide on Sunday. Seamus Energy revealed that he was asking for scores — throughout his spherical. On condition that no one has telephones on the course, scores weren’t precisely straightforward to come back by.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler picked up $2.7 million for the victory, pushing his profession whole at Augusta Nationwide to only over $3 million in three appearances. That’s good for thirteenth in Masters historical past. … Rory McIlroy’s 64 on Sunday matched the most effective last spherical in Masters historical past, completed on seven earlier events. The others had been Maurice Bembridge (1974), Hale Irwin (1975), Gary Participant (1978), Greg Norman (1988), David Toms (1998), Bo Van Pelt (2012) and Jordan Spieth (2018). … The subsequent Masters takes place April 6-9, 2023. … There was no silver cup introduced to the low newbie this yr, as a result of not one of the six who had been within the area to start out the week made the minimize.

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