Scheffler wins back-to-back titles in thriller

World No 1 Scottie Scheffler became the first man to win back-to-back Players Championships with a superb eight under-par-64 on Sunday, giving him a one-stroke victory at TPC Sawgrass.

Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman and Xander Schauffele all finished a shot behind Scheffler, with Clark going agonisingly close to forcing a playoff with Scheffler.

All three of the challengers in the all-American battle needed birdies on the 18th and Clark was distraught after his 17-foot birdie putt lipped out.

That left Scheffler, waiting on the range at 20-under, to celebrate his historic achievement of consecutive wins at the Ponte Vedra Beach course as he followed up his victory at Bay Hill last week with another display of his consistency.

Scheffler entered the final round trailing overnight leader Schauffele by five shots but got his charge underway with an eagle on the par-4 fourth, where he holed out from 92 yards, before making three more birdies before the turn.

It was classic Scheffler on the back nine as he kept out of trouble and added three more birdies for his 64.

Then it was over to the trio chasing him to make up the gap and while Clark made birdies on 16 and 17, he fell just short on the last.

“We had a great finish yesterday and then got off to a slow start today but then the hole out on four kind of propelled us a little bit,” said Scheffler.

“I hit a lot of good shots, did a lot good things this week and it’s nice to come out on top.

“It’s tough enough to win one Players and so to have it back-to-back is extremely special.” — SuperSport.

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