Scottie Scheffler approaching Tiger Woods’ level of dominance

AUGUSTA, Ga. — If you weren’t already in awe of Scotty Scheffler, you probably are now.

Because that’s how it should be.

Golf has regained its dominance.

That’s good.

“We teed it up here and he was supposed to win, so he won,” Xander Schauffele said Sunday, as he and the rest of Masters Field watched Scheffler win his second green jacket. It’s been a while,” he said. Perfect performance in the final round at Augusta National. “I feel like there’s been a bit of a resurgence with three or four guys aiming for the top spot. He’s doing pretty well.”

He has three wins in his past four starts. He won two Masters in three years of cruising. We are widening the gap between us and the rest of the world rankings.

Scottie Scheffler has started the last four games and has won three. Getty Images
It was Scottie Scheffler’s second Masters title in three years. Getty Images

Scheffler won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and defended his Players Championship title the following week. In his next start, he missed a 6-foot putt on the final hole in Houston, forcing him into a playoff and what would have been a runner-up finish.

And there was this week too.

“I think he will make us better,” said Ludwig Aberg, who finished second behind Scheffler. “He makes you want to beat him. It’s the same for me and it’s the same for other people in this field.

“Obviously, Scotty is an incredible golfer and I think when it comes to the last few holes of a tournament, everyone expects him to be there. He’s proven that time and time again. I have done it.”

The advantage in sports is compelling.

Dominance attracts attention.

Governing rules in sports.

When Tiger Woods owned the sport on his way to winning 15 major championships, no one could take their eyes off him. That was good for golf.

Tiger Woods has achieved overwhelming results in the golf world, winning 15 major championships. Getty Images

Schaeffler is moving into that area.

Scheffler shot a mediocre even-par 72 in Friday’s second round when gusty winds wreaked havoc on the rest of the field, sending the world’s best players home with a handicapper score of 12 on a calm day. hit. To continue competing in tournaments.

If you aren’t already in awe of Schaeffler, maybe you are now. His companions are.

Collin Morikawa, who entered the day one stroke behind Scheffler and played in the final pair with Scheffler, was asked what it is that Scheffler does that is so special.

“I mean, everything,” Morikawa said. “He hit the ball quite a distance, way beyond me. The way he hits the irons is obviously masterful. He keeps it simple and makes putts when he needs to. He never pushes himself. I won’t get you into trouble.”

Morikawa, who is one year younger than Scheffler, recalled that Scheffler was “always at the top of his class” when they fought together in matches.

Scottie Scheffler extended his lead over the world No. 1 with his victory at the Masters on Sunday. Getty Images
Scottie Scheffler will never publicly admit that he is currently the most dominant player in golf. USA TODAY Network

“When we were young, he was Rolex Player of the Year,” Morikawa said. “In our Windham Cup era, he was one of the best players. He always had that in him. A few years later on the Korn Ferry Tour, obviously it was talked about here, but the last few years. What he’s been doing now is probably the first Ryder Cup that we both competed in. [in 2021].

“It was always there.”

Max Homa, who played in the penultimate bracket on Sunday and started the day two strokes ahead of Scheffler, saw that firsthand.

When asked what impressed him most about Schaeffler, Homa replied: He’s very good at taking things in stride and stepping up to really difficult golf shots and treating it like it’s his own. Obviously he’s a great talent, but I think that’s his superpower. ”

Scheffler hasn’t shot a round above par this year. That’s a ridiculous statistic. Almost unreal. But true.

Scottie Scheffler hasn’t shot a round above par this year. USA Today Sports

“It’s great that there aren’t any over-par rounds,” he said. “Words can’t express how much I hate shooting above par. I’m glad I haven’t had that experience yet this year. I feel like I’m playing really good golf right now.

“I feel more in control of my emotions than ever before, which is good. I feel like I’m growing as a person on the golf course, so it’s a great place to be.”Discussing the results of the last few weeks It’s hard to do. I played some great golf.”

“Nice” golf?

Dominant golf.

Scheffler may know deep down that he’s the most dominant player in the game right now, but you’ll never hear him admit it publicly. Certainly he doesn’t act like that.

“I try not to think too much about the past or the future,” Scheffler says. “I love trying to live in the moment. I’ve gotten off to a really good start this year and I want to continue on this path.”

If he does, and there’s no evidence he won’t, the world should take note.