Scottie Scheffler has been dominant in his home country. Now it’s time to take that level of play across the pond.
And that’s not to say he’s not playing well on the links land.
He played nicely in his first trip to the Genesis Scottish Open, taking T-12th (72-63-67-69) in 2021. Last year, he posted 73-72 in tough conditions to miss the cut by two.
The Texan’s off to a decent start to his career at The Open Championship. Scheffler finished T-8th in his 2021 debut and T-21st last year.
Two wins seems like the bare minimum Scheffler should have at this point in 2023 based on how well he’s played.
Despite Jon Rahm playing incredibly well this year, too, and winning more, Scheffler is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking due to some incredible consistency.
The 27-year-old logged T-4th in his last start a couple weeks ago at the Travelers Championship. That was his sixth straight top-five and 18th straight result of 12th or better.
The man hasn’t missed a cut in nearly a year.
Scheffler’s ball striking has been out of this world, but he will have to use this week to recalibrate his shot shapes for firm links turf.
He at least has the benefit of growing up playing regularly in the wind.
"“I like links golf,” Scheffler was transcribed by ASAP Sports during the 2021 Scottish Open. “I like how you have to be a lot more creative. I felt like I haven’t hit a lot of stock shots this week. It’s a lot more funny would say using the mounds and stuff to get the ball close to the hole versus making it airborne all the time.”"
If Scheffler wins, they’ll have to rename the Genesis Scottish Open to the Scottie-ish Open for at least the next year, right?
The big man ranks first on the PGA Tour in all sorts of categories: total strokes gained per round (1.088), SG off-the-tee per round (1.088), and SG approach-the-green per round (1.257).
Scheffler is also fourth in SG around the green per round (.476).
Outside of putting, there’s no weakness in his game. If he can just improve to PGA Tour average in that department, it’s time to really watch out.