April 21, 2024

At the RBC Heritage, in the third round, he made shooting a 63 look normal, like it was something that was doable all the time. But we all know it’s not. In that most recent low round at Harbour Town, Scheffler had eight birdies and no bogeys.


“I felt like my ball-striking was really good today,” he said after his round. “Hit a lot of greens. I played the par-5s well. The par-3s I felt like today were playing very challenging, and I played the par-3s really well.”


Well, yeah, and he was 8-under par on a par 71 course.


Is this driving other PGA Tour pros nuts? Apparently, Scheffler is so likable that other pros may be somewhat envious, but in a friendly way, if that’s possible.


Take Sahith Theegala, for instance. He played one group behind Scheffler for the first three rounds of the RBC Heritage tournament, so he had a perfect vantage point to watch some great scoring, including the 63.


“It’s pretty epic. I was talking to Carl, my caddie, walking to 15 tee box. I was like, I grew up watching the end of Tiger, got to see Rory, DJ, Jordan, like all these guys kind of dominate for a period of time, and I was like, we could be in the midst of something really, really special, and I just thought it was cool,” Theegala said about the near ringside seat.


According to Theegala, Scheffler was a year ahead of Theegala, age-wise, but they often played in the same junior tournaments.


“I played with him in a tournament in Waco, Texas, called the Starburst,” Theegala recalled. “He probably beat me by like eight or nine.”


Sepp Straka is an Austrian transplanted to Georgia. He’s probably the only person ever who has the chance of having a southern German accent.


“It’s always fun to watch him play. It’s incredible what he’s doing right now,” Sepp Straka said about Scheffler.“Just look forward to kind of battling it out.”


Straka is one shot behind Scottie Scheffler heading into the final round.

Swedish newcomer Ludvig Aberg, who was in second place for a while but then slipped to fourth, was second to Scheffler at the Masters. By all accounts, he is also somewhat of a phenom in golf. But even he has had to watch the Scheffler show.


“I think we all expect him to play well, and there’s nothing I can do about it,” Aberg said. “All I try to do is focus on myself and make sure that I hit the shots the way I want to and then see where that takes me.”


Aberg said he didn’t play as well in round three as he did the first two days. He’s going to amp up the focus for Sunday.


He was recently asked who his favorite player is and his answer was Scottie Scheffler, not because of the way he plays or the way he hits the ball, but because of the kind of a person he is.


“I’m admiring him as a person because of those things, and I think that’s pretty cool,” Aberg added.


As far as who beat who, Theegala has at least played better than Scheffler a couple of times in PGA Tour events.


“At least I’ve beat him in a pro event before. I’ve got that!” Theegala added. “I’ve played with him my whole life. He’s been a great player the whole time, and he’s been a great dude the whole time, too. He doesn’t have to go talk to me, for instance, and he’s always been super nice. Couldn’t be a better World No. 1, I think.”

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