There’s always a first time.
Scottie Scheffler had his first encounter with links golf last week at the Scottish Open. The Texan boy quickly adapted to the different style of game at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland, ending in a tie for 12the.
And now, a few days later, at the British Open at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England, he’s ready to win his first major and break his PGA Tour virgin.
Scheffler made a 15-foot for par on his last hole on Friday, putting together rounds of 67-66 that left him tied for the fourth through 36 holes, four strokes behind pacemaker Louis Oosthuizen.
“I actually went to the UK for the first time last week so I’m pretty fresh here,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it so far. The weather was good. I like links golf a lot and it was fun to get out of here, play, watch, create shots, just have fun.
“I really haven’t changed much. I just had to figure out how to play punches on this grass. I’ve never played on this type of lawn before. That was the biggest adjustment. I’ve always done well on tight and fast courses, so I wasn’t too worried about getting to links golf for the first time. I just had to find out the bunkers and the grass around the greens. “
The last player to win the British Open on its debut was Ben Curtis in 1993 – at Royal St. George’s. Despite his lack of experience, Scheffler sounds like an old veteran when asked about his approach to Royal St. George’s.
“First things first, you have to get the ball into the fairway, especially on a new golf course where I don’t know exactly where and where I shouldn’t put my golf ball,” said Scheffler, 25. “The ball is to get into play so really important. I feel like I’ve got a really good feel for the positions on this golf course and where I have to attack and play a bit safely.
“I feel like my game is going in the right direction this week.”
The trend has been going in the right direction for some time. Scheffler has been knocking on the door named Sieg for almost two years. And it seems the bigger the stage, the bigger the great Texan’s game becomes.
That year he finished fifth in a tie in the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship, lost in the final of the WGC Match Play to Billy Horschel and came third in the Memorial.
His main album isn’t shabby either. He shared fourth place at the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, shared for 18the in this year’s Masters, tied in eighth place at the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island and tied in seventh place at the US Open in Torrey Pines.
Ranked # 19 in the world, the preeminent college and amateur player has gotten used to answering questions about his thoughts on winning his first PGA Tour title.
“I think (about) that it goes into every tournament,” he said. “I always try to win golf tournaments and it’s nice to be able to win this tournament. We’re only halfway there. I think I’m four strokes back into the weekend so I’ve got a lot to do. “