There aren’t many current PGA Tour events Scottie Scheffler hasn’t played. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is now one of them. There are a lot of reasons for him and the rest of the elite field to be here at this Signature Event.
It’s not Scheffler’s first glimpse at Pebble Beach itself. He was here for the 2019 U.S. Open. The young pro posted a respectable 72-74 to post 4-over and miss the cut by two.
Scheffler opened 2024 with T-5th at The Sentry and T-17th at The American Express. Real original tournament names we have these days, huh?
These are great results for most guys on the PGA Tour, but it’s only scratching the surface of what we expect from the world No. 1.
Scheffler closed 2023 with an exhibition victory at the Hero World Challenge. It wasn’t as satisfying as getting it done at a full-field event, but he hadn’t hoisted any trophy of any kind since the Players, so it had to be at least a slight confidence booster.
A reason I don’t have Scheffler higher up the board this week is a lack of course experience at Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula.
It’s also a wonder how the Texan will hold up on bumpy poa annua greens. His putter has consistently let him down to the point where it feels like beating a dead horse mentioning it.
The bright side is it’s the easiest club to get hot with on a given week. The unpredictability of these small greens that get chewed up by pros and ams all week could help play into his hand if guys are missing shorties just like he is.
Scheffler has the ball striking prowess to win if he’s hovering around field average on the greens.
Last season en route to PGA Tour Player of the Year honors, the 27-year-old led in Strokes Gained: Total (2.314), SG: Tee-to-Green (2.615), SG: Off-the-Tee (1.021) and SG: Approach (1.194).
It was a master class in most facets of the game with the knock, aside from the putter, is he should have won more.
That will be enough to give him a shot on Sunday.