It’s delicate to measure greatness in golf. How does one do so? event palms? Major crowns? Scoring average? The number of other golfers defeated over a specific period of time? It isn’t so simple in other sports either, but golf is exceedingly delicate. Great golfers are facing 155 other opponents contemporaneously, and anything other than a 155- 0 record against those golfers is frequently considered a failure. What a fully insane sport. Scottie Scheffler is the number one Golf Player in the World right now.
Scottie Scheffler tied or defeated 117 of the 119 golfers he faced at the Charles Schwab Challenge last week. That is 98 of them. In basketball or baseball or football, he’d be deified, lauded and praised. On the PGA Tour, however? It’s kind of just another week in a long string of them for Scheffler. Success– or, maybe more meetly, perceived success– is a tricky thing in this game.
CBS Sports’ Amanda Renner asked Scheffler after his final round at Colonial, where he finished 7 under and T3 on the week when he felt like his game was going to come back into form. Scheffler chortled and called the question” a bit of a stretch,” which is true considering he is won twice this time and is the. 1 player in the world.
The verity is that winning is not the only measure of success in golf. It’s surely the most measurable and easiest to run to, but it’s also true that you can not win unless you are constantly in the blend. And nothing in the world has been in the blend further than Scottie Scheffler over the last several months.
Consider the last 15 events Scheffler has played since opening the season with a T44 at the CJ Cup in October
- Beat or tied 96 of opponents( 1,588 of 1,655)
- Finished inside the top 12 in all 15 events
- Six tribune homestretches( first, alternate, or third)
- Three or further strokes more from tee to green per event than alternate-stylish on the list, Patrick Cantlay
- Nine top-five homestretches– two further than Jon Rahm, whose alternate
- Gaining 12 strokes on the field per event; Rory McIlroy, sixth-stylish over the same time, is gaining just eight
Incredibly, maybe ostensibly, he is only converted two of those 15 thresholds into palms. Why? He hasn’t putted particularly well. Among the top eight strokes- gained players in his last 15 events, Scheffler has been the worst putter, yet he still ranks ahead of everyone( including Rahm) in total strokes gained. However, it’s not unreasonable to suppose he could have won the following events in addition to the Phoenix Open and Players Championship The Charles Schwab Challenge, and the AT&T Byron Nelson, If he’d put at all.
Scheffler could fluently have six triumphs so far this time. That is how good he is been, indeed if we are not suitable to measure it with anything other than statistics.
Scottie Scheffler Consistency
His summary at Colonial on Sunday, where he gained further strokes from tee to green on the week than the two golfers who made the playoff( Adam Schenk and Emiliano Grillo) gained in total for the week, was germane.
” Played solid golf again moment,” said Scheffler.” Hit it really nice.”
This is more or less an evergreen statement for the last 15 months.
” Seems like the story the last couple days, putts just were not falling,” he continued.” I made many moments, but overall I presumably lost many strokes on the flora, which is frustrating. For a weekend where I really plodded with the putter, to give myself still a chance to win was nice.”
There are two takeaways from all of this. The first is that triumphs are something but not everything. Adrian Meronk, Tony Finau, and Talor Gooch all have the same number of professional golf palms( two) as Scheffler since October 24 when he started this bananas run. Only family members would say that any of those three is playing better golf than Scheffler.
The alternate takeaway is that Scheffler could be on the verge of an absolute gash. CBS Sports critic Trevor Immelman brought this up on the broadcast on Sunday. It would be extremely unsurprising to those who have been paying attention to all of this if Scheffler ripped off palms at the keepsake, U.S. Open, and Travelers Championship successively.
Indeed if he doesn’t, we should appreciate that Scheffler is on this ball-striking ruckus. It does not always look beautiful and it hasn’t amounted to as important as it could have, but you do not have to be first to not be last in golf. You can still be– and frequently are– great indeed without all the glories you feasibly could have won.
Scheffler has established himself as one of the stylish in recent memory, kindly still and frequently without beauty.However, still, all of it’s there, If you look near enough.