Scotty Scheffler hasn’t been a world No. 1 for two weeks, but on Sunday at Mayakob he could have fooled everyone.
The world No. 2 scored 62 in the final round — the lowest day four score of his entire PGA Tour career — thanks to seven birdies and a 108-yard holeshot on the third par-4. Scheffler moved up 33 spots on the leaderboard to finish second in solo.
The 26-year-old needs a win or a solo second to return to world number one (Rory McIlroy took that throne after winning the CJ Cup). However, this is unlikely, as Scheffler was finishing just as the day’s wave began. On Sunday, however, the reigning Masters champion was not thinking about world rankings.
“I was just trying to come in and play good golf,” Scheffler later said. “The ratings are great, it was definitely fun being #1 in the world, that’s definitely something I’m hoping to get back to, but it’s not something that will occupy a lot of my mind.”
Part of the reason Scheffler moved up the leaderboard was a change in equipment, one of which he used to win four times earlier this year, including the Masters.
Full results of the World Championship of Technology in Mayakoba
“Yesterday I went back to my old stick for the round,” he said. “I think when I see so many putts coming to the cup and missing, I think, ‘Well, maybe I’ll just make changes and see what happens.’ This is usually the time of the year when I usually experiment with things. I’ll probably keep fiddling with it, but I’m back to where I’m really comfortable and I’ve been feeling good for the last two days.”
Even though his 62nd no-gadget result may have come too late to leave Mexico with a win, Scheffler is pleased with his performance this week. And a few more performances like Sunday’s could bring him back to number one in the world sooner rather than later.
“I feel good, the game feels good,” he said. “I played well this week, apart from a few bad breaks. And something is coming my way, a few more hits, I could be right in the tournament.”
Scheffler will capitalize on Sunday’s momentum for the Houston Open next week, where he held a 54-hole lead in 2021 but finished in T-2.