Scottie Scheffler nearly won his first PGA Tour event in 2020 at The American Express. He was the 54-hole leader thanks to a 7-under 65 at La Quinta, an 8-under 64 despite a closing double bogey at Nicklaus, and a 6-under 66 at Stadium.
After just one blemish through three rounds, three bogeys on the front nine on Sunday proved to be too much to overcome. A 2-under 70 left him three behind Andrew Landry.
The wait for Scheffler’s first win was worth it in 2022 when he won four times, including at the Masters.
He missed the cut in Palm Springs by one in 2021 and got back into the money in 2022 with a T-25th. Last year, Scheffler posted 69-70 at La Quinta and Nicklaus before 70-67 at Stadium.
The Texan was solid in most statistical categories but did not excel in any one category in order to contend.
Scheffler comes to The American Express off of a week of rest and a streak of four top-10s. Last month, he took second at the Hero World Challenge and opened 2023 with T-7th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
He was gaming a new TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver and finished middle of the pack in driving accuracy at 61.67%. More generous fairways in play this week should be beneficial during the fine-tuning process.
His unconventional swing generates a lot of power to rank 19th in driving distance (311.6). The 26-year-old also was tops in greens in regulation (72.29%) and second in birdie average (4.6).