- Scottie Scheffler is finally grasping what it takes to win on the PGA Tour, as he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke on Sunday, his second victory in less than a month.
Scottie Scheffler is starting to understand what it takes to win on the PGA Tour, winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke on Sunday for his second victory in less than a month.
Last month, the PGA Tour rookie of the year for 2020 finally broke through by winning his first tournament, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Scheffler pushed to the top again Sunday at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., with an even-par 72 closing round to finish at 5-under-par 283 after a 7th place finishes a week earlier in Los Angeles.
Scheffler surged into contention on Saturday, shooting a 4-under 68 to jump 16 spots to 4th position on the leaderboard. Billy Horschel had battled through the windy conditions on Sunday as well as was on the driving range readying for a possible playoff when he missed a birdie putt that would have tied him for the lead.
“I mean, I didn’t swing the club very well off the tee today,” Scheffler said on NBC. “I kept grinding despite running into a lot of bad spots. I made some crucial putts near the end of the round, followed by two great lag putts to finish the round.”
Horschel (75), who began the day tied for first with Talor Gooch, finished in a three-way tie for second with Tyrrell Hatton (69) of England as well as Viktor Hovland (74) of Norway at 4 under. Hovland finished with a score of 5 over par in the final two rounds, missing out on the victory.
“I’m playing a few great golf,” Hovland said, “but this one stings.” “My last two victories felt like they came out of nowhere. I didn’t feel like I deserved to win this one. Those are a little bit painful.”
Scheffler’s up-and-down front nine started with a threatening bogey 5 on the first hole. He then made a birdie on the par-3 second hole before making another bogey 5 on the third hole. He also made a birdie on No. 5 and bogeyed No. 9.
Scheffler’s final birdie came on the par-5 12th hole when he drove his second shot to within 19 feet of the pin and made a two-putt finish. He finished the round with six consecutive pars before waiting to determine his fate.
Hovland had an opportunity but could not tie the game with a 17-footer from the fringe on the 18th green. Horschel’s potential tying putt came from 29 feet away, but it sailed past the cup.
Horschel said, “I just did a great job of trying to execute the golf shots and stay patient.” “I thought I did a satisfactory job. I’m sorry, but I’m just a shot short today.”
Scheffler climbed to the top of the FedEx Cup standings with the victory.
Scheffler expressed his gratitude by saying, “It means a lot.” “I’ve been playing some excellent golf in recent years, and it’s nice to have a few victories under my belt. I’m eager for the remainder of the season.”
Source: CTV News