Scottie Scheffler finished higher at the 2020 BMW Championship (T-20th) at Olympia Fields than he did on that same course five years prior at the 2015 OFCC/Illini Invitational (T-22nd) playing for Texas.
I like his chances to keep improving his final spot on the leaderboard here in Illinois, especially with just 50 players in the field.
Scheffler’s bound to snap out of his “funk,” I say with the biggest air quotes. Finishing T-23rd and T-31st in his last two starts almost seems like a defect in the machine that previously produced seven straight top-fives and 19 straight top-12s.
He finished 18th in Memphis in strokes gained approach (1.18 per round) but couldn’t find the magic elsewhere to contend beyond 36 holes. He was in the mix with opening rounds of 67-66 before getting passed by with 71-70 on the weekend.
The 27-year-old leads the PGA Tour in SG approach (1.258), SG tee-to-green (2.69), and SG total (2.465).
It’s quite interesting he’s only got two wins to show for it, but that’s what happens when you can’t trust your putter.
He’s been good on the greens as an amateur and early on as a pro, so conventional wisdom asserts that he ought to snap out of it at some point.
Maybe Lucas Glover has a spare broomstick Scheffler can try out?
If not now, maybe at Marco Simone.
Scheffler should be motivated to finish strong through the playoffs not only to stay sharp for Rome, but to make good on a missed opportunity at the 2022 Tour Championship.
A Scheffler vs. Rory dual could very much be in the cards once again at East Lake. That requires Scheffler having at least a decent week this week.
By his standards, that’s sixth place where I’ve got him slotted.