There’s quite the duality in Scottie Scheffler’s game these days.
Starting with the good, the Texan’s ball striking continues to be absolutely world-class. Scheffler was already elite last season, gaining 1.475 strokes per round tee-to-green to rank fourth on the PGA Tour.
That type of excellency earned him four wins in 2022, including his first major championship win at the Masters.
Scheffler’s upped the ante in the 2022-23 PGA Tour season, gaining a staggering 2.775 strokes tee-to-green to lead the stat by a mile. Jon Rahm is next at 1.847 and only six players are above 1.5.
Unfortunately for Scheffler, this production has only led to two wins. He picked off designated event victories at the WM Phoenix Open and Players Championship.
The former Texas Longhorn comes to the U.S. Open on a streak of 11 straight top-10s and 14 straight top-11s. Scheffler hasn’t missed a cut in nearly a year (FedEx St. Jude Championship).
Scheffler just has to find a way to roll in some putts. We’ve seen him do it as recently as last season when he was a respectable 58th in SG putting (.202).
Now, he’s 146th (-.231). Credit to him, the 26-year-old has kept a positive public attitude through what must be an agonizing stretch.
Aside from that, he’s a player who’s proven to play well at all types of courses. Los Angeles Country Club should be no exception.
He’s also consistent at the majors. Scheffler missed the cut in his debut at the 2019 U.S. Open but since has missed just two in 14 starts. He has eight top-10s.
Scheffler is no stranger to Los Angeles Country Club. He represented Team USA at the 2017 Walker Cup. Scheffler and Cameron Champ lost a foursomes match and Scheffler won a singles match.