Scottie Scheffler of the United States lived up to his world No. 1 ranking by winning his second Masters golf title in three years Sunday, while Japan's Hideki Matsuyama ended the tournament in a tie for 38th place.

Scheffler shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish with an 11-under 277 total, four strokes ahead of major tournament debutant Ludvig Aberg of Sweden. It was Scheffler's ninth career win on the PGA Tour and third of the season.

Scottie Scheffler of the United States celebrates after winning the Masters Tournament on April 14, 2024, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. (Kyodo)

The New Jersey-born 27-year-old, who carried a one-shot lead into the final round, reeled off seven birdies, including three in a row from the eighth hole, against three bogeys.

Scheffler nearly eagled the par-4 ninth with a shot from the fairway and pulled away with three more birdies in a four-hole stretch through the 16th.

"It's hard to put into words how special this is," said Scheffler, who takes home the $3.6 million winner's check while awaiting the imminent birth of his first child. "I would say that the best momentum turner that I had today was the birdie putt on the eighth."

"You can't play too defensive and you can't play too aggressive. You've just got to hit the right shots. Fortunately, today I was able to do that."

England's Tommy Fleetwood turned in a 69 to share third place at 4 under with Americans Max Homa (73) and Collin Morikawa (74).

Matsuyama, the 2021 Masters champion, carded a 74 to finish at 7 over. Tiger Woods, a five-time winner at Augusta National, had another disappointing round with a 77 to finish alone in 60th at 16 over, last of those who made the cut.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan plays a shot on the 15th hole during the final round of the Masters Tournament on April 14, 2024, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. (Kyodo)

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