Is Scottie Scheffler losing grasp of the FedEx Cup?

Scottie Scheffler, 150th Open Championship,(Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Scottie Scheffler, 150th Open Championship,(Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) /

Are Scottie Scheffler’s dreams of hoisting this year’s FedEx Cup evaporating?

Scottie Scheffler has had an incredible and career-changing year to date, but after a recent dip in form is he watching on as his FedEx Cup hopes diminish before his very eyes?

The very question would have been humorous to many if asked just a couple of months ago, but now what once seemed nearly certain is anything but.

Scottie Scheffler held the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings for months on end after his incredible run earlier in the year, but last week in Memphis he relinquished that spot to one Will Zalatoris, who vaulted up the standings with a hefty 2000 FedEx Cup points in pocket following his win.

Scheffler missed the cut by a single shot at last week’s first FedEx Cup playoff event, the FedEx St. Jude Championship, a result that could have done greater damage to his FedEx Cup ambitions if not for that aforementioned phenomenal run earlier in the season.

It came as little surprise to many when Scheffler finally earned his first win back in February at the WM Phoenix Open.

The talented 26-year-old had already demonstrated what he could accomplish when at his very best, especially in majors where he had notched three top 10 finishes already on golf’s biggest stage. All of this coming in just his first couple of years as a professional.

After Scottie Scheffler’s breakthrough in Phoenix, he went on a tear winning two more times in his next four starts. After winning the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin back in March, Scheffler climbed to world number one in the OWGR for the very first time, a spot he has held ever since.

Scottie Scheffler would win the Masters in his very next start.

The breakthrough in a major came immediately for Scheffler as he romped his way to the Green Jacket back in April.

That incredible stretch had given the Texas native an incredible lead of more than 1200 points in the FedEx Cup standings at the time. A lead that almost seemed insurmountable back in April.

Talks of Scottie Scheffler winning back-to-back majors were circulating prior to the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in May, with Scottie seeming almost unbeatable for well over a month.

The now four-time winner would shock everyone with his performance at the PGA Championship, however, after he missed the cut to become the second consecutive world number one to miss the cut at the PGA Championship in as many years, something which had not happened in over thirty years prior.

Scheffler rebounded from the disappointing missed cut nicely, picking up runner-up finishes in two of his next three starts. One of these came at the U.S. Open back in June where he finished runner-up alongside Will Zalatoris to eventual winner Matt Fitzpatrick.

He would add a top 20 finish at the Travelers Championship after, but since then has now missed the cut in two of his last three starts.

The once insurmountable lead he held in the FedEx Cup has evaporated and for the first time in months Scheffler will be looking up at someone else in the standings as he makes his way to Wilmington, Delaware, for the second leg of this season’s playoffs, the BMW Championship.

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The Green Jacket holder still has every opportunity of claiming the season-ending FedEx Cup prize, but after seemingly having the trophy in hand for months on end Scheffler may now be losing his grasp on the cup. Can he hang on?