RBC Heritage: Hurricane Scottie Scheffler deferred thanks to inclement weather

Scotty Scheffler started the day with a one-shot lead over Sepp Straka at the RBC Heritage. But like a Category 5 hurricane destined to destroy everything in its path, Schaeffler annihilated its rivals for the second consecutive Sunday.

He holds a five-stroke lead at Havertown, where play was suspended for 2 1/2 hours on Sunday due to bad weather. As a result, Scheffler and several others will finish the final few holes first thing Monday morning.

“Take it easy this afternoon. I got pretty wet,” Scheffler said later.

“But we continued to be patient and tried to find a place to relax in the clubhouse, hang out and be ready to play for most of today.”

Before the weather worsened, Scheffler started the final round with two big momentum gains on the first and second holes.

Scheffler made a 6-foot par on the first par-4 and held a slim lead.And he Extended his lead to 3 This was thanks to a chip-in eagle on the second par-5 hole.

“I hit a really good shot on the green on the second hole and I thought it was unlucky that it ended up in that spot on the other side of the green,” Scheffler said.

“But I was able to do a little bump and run there. It was great coming in with the right speed and I was happy to be able to move the ball up and down, but I was able to see the ball go in. I was definitely lucky. It was pretty close to where I wanted it to land. I didn’t see much of the landing spot, but the chip came out of the grass just as I had imagined it would and on the hill as expected. I jumped in.”

Another birdie continued on the par-5 fifth hole, and one-third of the way into the final round, Scheffler suddenly found himself at 19 under par.

Windham Clark, who had moved up to 17 under thanks to a 29 on the front nine, then hit a shot off the top of a tree and was out of contention for the championship. Another player, Patrick Rodgers, who was 17 under at the time, had a mess on the seventh and eighth holes, dropping three shots in that span.

As a result, Scheffler held a commanding four-shot lead by the time he reached the par-3 seventh hole.

Scottie Scheffler goes for the putt on the fifth hole.
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He then played the next few holes at even par, but showed no signs of relinquishing control of the tournament. Scheffler remained at 19 under despite the delay.

When he returned to the course, the field faced a completely different golf course. The temperature has dropped considerably, the wind has picked up, and the greenery has become softer. But Scheffler was unaffected and birdied the short par-4 13th.

However, on the par-5 15th hole, Scheffler made an uncharacteristic mistake. Trying to make a layup, he duck-hooked his second shot into the water, a complete shock to his system.

“I felt like I had a bad break in the fairway,” Scheffler said.

“It’s been a while since I hit a shot like that, so I thought maybe there was mud on the bottom of the ball.”

Still, he managed to get up and down and save par on what turned out to be the final hole of the day.

“I felt like par was pretty important tonight. I was just able to sleep and keep my cards clean,” Scheffler said.

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Scotty Scheffler drops on the 15th hole.
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“I felt like I had some momentum because I hit some really good shots. I kind of knew what the putts were doing. I hit a lot of really good putts today, and it was a day when I didn’t have many putts falling. I felt like it was time for me to drop one, so I thought I might as well hit it now.”

Remarkably, Scheffler hasn’t dropped a shot since hitting a double on the par-4 third hole on Thursday’s third hole of the tournament. He completed 66 holes without a scratch on his card.

But now he has a chance to win for the fourth time in five games. This is an incredible feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Tiger Woods did it in 2007. Similar to Scheffler’s run, that span also included major championships, as Woods won his 13th major at the PGA Championship. in the Southern Hills in the middle of that span.

Sadly, it seems almost certain that Scheffler will go from a green jacket acquisition to a plaid jacket in a matter of weeks, further asserting himself as a force that the Hurricanes will be jealous of.

Jack Mirko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through.Be sure to check it out @_PlayingThrough Cover more golf. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko In the same way.