Scheffler comes from six back to win the Evans Scholars Invitational

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Scottie Scheffler made up a six-shot deficit to claim his first Tour title at the Evans Scholars Invitational yesterday. 

The Texan rookie defeated Marcelo Rozo on the second playoff hole, having posted a final round nine-under par (63) to force the playoff and drained a fifteen-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to capture his first professional win.

Scheffler started the day six shots back, but made three birdies in his opening five holes to cut the lead.

When he hit the back nine, Scottie recorded birdies at both the tenth and eleventh holes, a par at twelve and then went on to birdie thirteen, fourteen, fifteen and seventeen which catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard. 

Marcelo Rozo could not make birdie on either of his final two holes, meaning they were headed for a playoff. 

On the first playoff hole, both Scottie and Rozo missed their birdie attempts, so they went back to the eighteenth tee again. 

Rozo’s approach shot landed in the greenside rough, while Scottie put his second shot to fifteen feet. He rolled in this putt and with that picked up his maiden Tour victory.

“It feels great. It’s been a good season so far and it’s nice to get my first professional win out here,” Scheffler said. “To get the first professional win is awesome, and it kind of gets the monkey off my back. Hopefully, it’ll lead to some bigger things to come this year.”

With this win, Scheffler earns 500 Tour Points and moves into second in The 25. 

Well done Scottie, we are all so thrilled of you. Your recent performances showed that a win was just around the corner.