Scottie Scheffler came up a shot shy in his Hero World Challenge debut in 2021. I think he knows how to win golf tournaments now.
At this time last year, Scheffler was a promising talent who couldn’t quite seal the deal on the PGA Tour. Still young, he had time to figure it out.
That finally happened when he broke through in February at the WM Phoenix Open. The floodgates were officially open. The Texan proceeded to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, and Masters.
Surprisingly, Scheffler hasn’t won since. He’s still been plenty relevant, nearly winning again at the Charles Schwab Challenge (2nd), U.S. Open (T-2nd), BMW Championship (T-3rd), and Worldwide Technology Championship (T-3rd).
We last saw him a few weeks ago at the Houston Open, where the Dallas native took T-9th.
At the Hero World Challenge, Scheffler posted 71-68-66-66 to finish two shots ahead of third place.
The former Texas Longhorn ranked fifth on the PGA Tour in total strokes gained per round (1.677). Approach play was Scheffler’s calling card. He was fourth in SG approach (.819) and tops in greens in regulation (72.29%).
Unless the wind is blowing, Albany is a gettable course. Birdies are needed in bulk, which is fine for Scheffler who ranked second in birdies per round (4.6).
The key to victory this week will be on the greens. Scheffler switched putters this fall at the CJ Cup. In Houston, he ranked 57th in SG putting for the week (-2.102).
Get that turned around and he can be on top and inch closer to No. 1 in the world. Current top dog, Rory McIlroy, is not in the field.