Scottie Scheffler has done a lot in a short period of time. The 25-year-old was the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in his 2020 freshman campaign and put an end to all worries of a sophomore meltdown by making the Ryder squad. Cup in 2021. He’s also somewhat of a big game hunter, finishing T-8 or better in four of his last six major starts to accompany a finalist at WGC-Match Play last season, and dusted off the world No. 1. Jon Rahm in singles Sunday during the American’s route at Whistling Straits.
The only thing Scheffler hasn’t done so far in his fledgling career is to win at the circuit level (although he has won twice at the Korn Ferry circuit in 2019). According to Scheffler, if he wanted a win for the sake of victory, he could tick this box.
Speaking at the Shriners Open on Wednesday, Scheffler was asked if it was weird doing the Ryder Cup without a trophy. Scheffler said that if he wanted a win for the sake of victory, he could tick that box. But he is not ready to sacrifice his process to do so.
“As for not winning on tour, I think if I wanted to do something to win a random event here, I would go and play with a weaker schedule than me,” Scheffler said. “For me, I love playing tournaments against the best players in the world and that’s the goal of our PGA Tour and so I love competition and I’m not going to change my schedule, I’m just going to keep trying. to put myself in a position to win tournaments.
A glance at Scheffler’s schedule last season confirms this sentiment; when the man is playing, he is playing in a loaded field.
To be fair, Scheffler is only 25, with less than 70 touring starts. What he has already accomplished at such an early stage in his career is impressive. Conversely, there are clearly benefits to winning a tour, like a two-year tour membership and an invitation to the Masters, and with other young guns like Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland and Sam Burns finding the circle. of the winners, it would be understandable if Scheffler felt eager to join their ranks.
Scheffler maintains he is on the right track, and as long as he stays there he will arrive at this destination, although he has acknowledged that he may need to focus more at the start of the week.
“Naturally I feel really patient, I didn’t feel like I said earlier that I don’t feel in a rush to win a golf tournament here,” Scheffler said. “I feel like I’m going to be playing here for a long time and I love the way my life is now and for me, I just want to keep putting myself in a position to win tournaments.
“Honestly I think what probably held me back was not being in this position enough, I feel like I don’t focus enough on these little tournaments Thursday, Friday and Saturday where I am stuck all week i think i do a better job in major leagues, feel like i had more chances of winning major tournaments than i have regular pga tour events and so for me I’m just trying to get that level of focus from here and bring it to there (Indicating) Thursday through Sunday.
Scheffler, who starts the week at No. 22 overall, starts Thursday at 3:24 p.m. EDT with defending Shriners champions Martin Laird and Webb Simpson.