Don’t let the OWGR ranking fool you. Scottie Scheffler is playing as well as anybody in the world right now.
His year on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019 limited his ability to accrue OWGR points, but it was clear he was on a great trajectory. The former elite junior and amateur player parlayed success at the University of Texas into KFT Player of the Year honors.
He can hit the ball a mile and is getting more polished on and around the greens. Scheffler is still seeking his first win on the PGA Tour, but that should come soon enough.
The 24-year-old’s done something even rarer: shoot 59.
He pulled a Paul Goydos and shot 59 without going on to win. Blame it on Dustin Johnson having a career weekend of his own.
Nonetheless, rounds of 70-59-67-71 earned him his second straight T-4th finish. The other came at the PGA Championship two weeks ago when he hung in to shoot 68 on Sunday and finish just three off the pace.
Scheffler struggled off the bat when golf resumed in June, but he’s been great in his last four starts. He was T-22nd at the Memorial Tournament and T-15th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
He’s 14th on Tour in driving distance (308.8), which helps him to eighth in SG off the tee (.648 per round). Scheffler was also second in the field last week in SG tee to green (2.39).
If this week is anything like the last, you’ve got to make birdies. He’s sixth in birdie average (4.42).