Justin Thomas, Jon Ram, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy or defending champion Hideki Matsuyama: The list of contenders to win the 86th Augusta Masters, which runs from Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10, is long. But we must now add a new name that not many people would have imagined a little less than two months ago: Scotty Scheffler.
On February 6, the 25-year-old American was only the 15th player in the world. Despite his very good rank, Scotty Scheffler has never won a single championship on the PGA Tour since joining in 2020.
Everything has changed and abruptly accelerated for the Texan in the past two months. He won his first championship at the WM Phoenix Open, before winning again two weeks later at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Finally, on March 27, during the last tournament before the Masters, Schaeffler again won the World Match-Play Championship, while capturing the throne of the world number one for the first time in his career. He became the sixth youngest player to win the cup thanks to his impressive form: three successes in his last five tournaments.
Scottie Scheffler’s rise continues pic.twitter.com/NcuTfOd2Zr
– PGA Tour (PGATOUR) March 27, 2022
“It is beyond my dreams“, slipped while presenting the World Golf Championship trophy, before breaking into tears. The icon was even more beautiful as he became the world’s number one golfer in Austin (Texas), on his college campuses, at the University of Texas and a stone’s throw from Dallas, his residence” .It is not that I did not feel capable of achieving this goal, But let’s say I grew up in Royal Oaks (Dallas golf course), wearing long pants to practice, because I wanted to be a professional golfer. This was my dream‘, he explains.
“I dreamed of being there, I was always competitive and being able to play here was really a goal in itself. Ranking never crossed my mind.”Scotty Scheffler
at a press conference
How do you explain then that Scotty Scheffler went from A very good player does not win. In the 64 championships on the PGA Tour, for the best starting player in the season? “I always felt that I could win the championship, He said in Texas Monthly on March 29. But once you reach that goal, it will be a little different. Mistakes are not as heavy on me as they used to be.“In other words, you live in him with crazy confidence.
But out of his mind, his recent victories are above all the fruit of his undeniable talent. If he breaks into the open for his third season on the PGA Tour, home to Ridgewood, New Jersey, is nowhere to be found. Even before entering college, he won the American Junior Amateur Award in 2013, succeeding famous players like Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.
His record grew during his four years at the University of Texas as he won three championships in the very intense Big 12, and participated in his first major in 2016. A few days before his 20th birthday, Scotty Schaeffler was not surprised and finished seventh at the end of the course First, among the big names on the ring. Unfortunately, he will miss the cut the next day but the date has been fixed.
Furthermore, he participated in the Walker Cup in 2017, which is equivalent to the Amateur Ryder Cup. Evidence of his appreciation for his talent as he beats the American team Will Zalatores (29th in the world) and Colin Morikawa (third in the world, winner of the USA 2020 and British Open 2021).
When he made it to the PGA Tour in 2020, two years after turning pro, he often played Scotty Scheffler at the center. He rose twice on the podium in his first season and finished fourth in his first US PGA Championship, one of the Grand Slams.
– Masters (@TheMasters) April 5 2022
The following season was still a good year, so much so that U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Straker decided on his pick. Schaeffler will play a decisive role in his team’s victory over Europe (19-9) by returning two victory points and a draw. In his only singles match, he had the luxury of beating the world number one at the time, Spaniard John Ram.
At the dawn of the 86th Augusta Masters, he is already ranked number one in the world. 19th on their debut here in 2020, and 18th in 2021, Texans are looking forward to a much better result this year. He is also the first player to appear in Augusta’s start with three wins on the season since Dustin Johnson in 2017.
“It’s just a cycle that I feel good about‘,” he commented calmly at Tuesday’s press conference. Answer Sunday evening to see if Scotty Scheffler has taken the last missing step of his career: winning the Major.