The befuddling season of Scottie Scheffler continues. He continues to be an elite of the elite ball strikers on the 2022-23 PGA Tour campaign while being one of the most abysmal putters.
The American recorded his seventh straight top-five finish and whopping 19th straight Top-12. NINETEEN. That’s Tiger-like stuff, but somehow it’s only resulted in one win at the Players Championship.
Fortunately, Scottie has the mental fortitude and positivity to keep coming back and playing great after what has to be deja vu levels of frustration week in and week out.
Last week, he finished T-3rd at the Genesis Scottish Open, carding rounds of 68-65-67-70 to finish five off the pace.
This one may not have as much scar tissue as other close calls given how he never led, but a few more makes on the greens could have afforded him that opportunity.
Scheffler finished second in the field in strokes gained tee-to-green (11.392) and first in SG approach (7.464) but was T-62nd in SG putting (-2.215).
Growing up in Texas, he’s more accustomed than most Americans to playing in the wind and in firm and fast conditions.
Scheffler has been on the record as saying how he likes the creativity involved in playing links golf.
While he might not be putting well enough to win the birdie fests that predominate the PGA Tour, I like Scheffler to have a great shot at what could be a tough week for scoring given the cold, wind, and rain on tap.