Scottie Scheffler would have loved to win for the first time in his home event last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but he can win a title in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro later this spring at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Now, he’s got a major championship to prepare for.
Scheffler can keep his head held high after posting 64-64-71-65 (-20) en route to T-5th. He was in contention throughout the tournament and ended up only three shots back of champion Jason Day.
"“I feel like I played solid,” Scheffler was transcribed by ASAP Sports. “The things that I wanted to improve on over the last three weeks, I feel like I did a good job. I hit a lot of good putts this week. I think I struggled a little bit with the speed of the greens. I didn’t swing it my best this weekend, but I’m sure that’ll be an easy fix going into next week.”"
This looked like Scheffler’s ‘B’ or ‘C’ game, and he still was in the mix. That result was a 13th straight T-12th or better. That span includes wins at big-time events like his title defense at the WM Phoenix Open and for his first Players Championship.
Scheffler broke through for his first major championship victory at the 2022 Masters. The Texan has been strong at the majors ever since he took low amateur honors with a T-27th finish in his second major start at the 2017 U.S. Open. Scheffler owns seven top-10s in 14 starts and has made 11 cuts. As a pro, T-19th at the 2020 Masters was his worse result when making the cut.
It’s going to be tough to hit fairways for everybody this week, but Scheffler is one of the best equipped to handle the long, tight layout. He’s No. 1 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained off-the-tee per round (1.022)
He doesn’t let up with his irons, either. The 26-year-old is sixth in SG approach (.96) and first in SG tee-to-green (2.309).
Scheffler’s also tops in greens in regulation (74.42%).
Scheffler and Rahm have traded blows all season, but rarely have contended at the same time. I see that finally playing out here at the PGA Championship.