Without ‘best stuff,’ Scottie Scheffler again a winner in Phoenix, world No. 1

Scotty Sheffler started the week by calling the world rankings “fun”. Although he was ranked second in the official world golf rankings while defending his title at the WM Phoenix Open, Scheffler did not feel that his current form reflected this.

“I would say I don’t play the second best golf in the world,” Scheffler admitted. “I think Rory [McIlroy] and John [Rahm] pretty much go hand in hand for playing the best golf in the world right now.”

Fast forward to Sunday and Scheffler was in 18th green at TPC Scottsdale by not only winning his second straight People’s Open, two shots ahead of Nick Taylor, but reclaiming world number one for the first time since last October.

But then again, Scheffler was modest in his self-esteem.

“I didn’t have the best stuff today,” he told CBS in his interview with the winner after the round.

In a sense, Scheffler was right. For the second day in a row, he found only five fairways. And although he was the leader in the number of strikes, he scored an approach to the tournament, he was only 17 years in this statistic on Sunday.

On the other hand, the best players have a strong tendency to make the most of their bad days, and no one did it better than Scheffler this weekend at 68-65. He didn’t score a ghost on Sunday – he only had two in just a week, which Scheffler says is “very, very good for this golf course.” And he made clutch putts when needed, no more important than a 15-foot ball for par after it missed the green on par-3 hole.

“I’m just proud of the way I fought today,” Scheffler said. “… Today I polished it. I wasn’t very good at teeing, my irons weren’t that sharp, but I played great golf.”

Highlights: WM Phoenix Open Round 4

Highlights: WM Phoenix Open Round 4

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Speaking of the last few months, Scheffler’s results may still be no better than Ram (four wins and nothing worse than T-8 in his last 10 starts, including a solo third at WMPO) or McIlroy ( three wins among the top eight players). -8s before showing the T-32 at TPC Scottsdale). But as Scheffler recently pointed out, OWGR is “just an algorithm” and right now this system favors it.

He is definitely not unworthy – a victory and seven T-11 finishes or better in a row.

So, whether he played as world number one on Sunday or not, by Sunday evening he will be back in first place.

And how does it feel?

“Yes,” Scheffler said, “I feel pretty good.”


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