Scottie Scheffler provided a masterclass on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, when he cruised to a five-shot victory at The Players Championship.
It was Scottie’s second win of the year on the PGA Tour, having collected the Phoenix Open title last month and it was his sixth win in his last twenty seven starts.
Having started the day with a two-shot lead, it was wiped out by the third hole, after Min Woo Lee birdied the first and Scottie made bogey on the third to leave them both tied on thirteen under par.
A chip-in birdie on the eigth hole started a run of birdies from Scheffler, which then saw him make gains at the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth, pulling away from the chasing pack and giving him a clear lead.
Once he landed safely onto the seventeenth green, after a fantastic tee shot on one of golf’s most famous holes, a par there and on his final hole saw Scottie with a closing round of three under par to leave him on 17 under overall.
“I did a really good job of staying patient and not trying to force things and then I got hot in the middle of the round and tried to put things away,” said the 26 year old.
“The final stretch is tough, especially with how windy it was getting. The shots on 17 were challenging and I made a great par on 18. I’m relieved and tired.”
With this win, Scottie returns to World Number One and is in top spot on the FedEx Cup rankings. He also joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to hold The Players and Masters titles at the same time.
“Any time you can get mentioned in the same breath as Tiger and Jack it’s very special. I’m very grateful for that”, said Scottie.
Huge congratulations, Scottie. You continue to make us incredibly proud both on and off the golf course.