It recently came to light that Masters champ and World Number One Scottie Scheffler’s favourite golf course is Southern Hills and on a recon mission to next week’s U.S. PGA Championship venue, Scheffler showed why; shooting 64 at a canter alongside assistant pro Cameron Chhim.
Read into it what you will but given Scheffler, who boasts four individual wins from his last six individual starts (he tied-18th at the Zurich alongside Ryan Palmer), is playing the golf of his life, and the omens are strong for the strapping 25-year old Dallas star whose run of dominance launched him to the top of the world golf charts prior to his Masters win.
Scheffler has tasted victory at next week’s Major host venue in Tulsa before having collected the 2015 Big 12 Conference Championship. The course, originally designed by Perry Maxwell, has undergone significant renovation by Gil Hanse but whatever about the test the famous layout currently presents, it clearly still plays to Scheffler’s strengths on the evidence of his “easy” 64, as described by assistant pro Chhim, who caddied for Scheffler on the day of his latest impressive outing.
“He played one ball the entire time, no practice putts, and made it look easy,” Chhim told Golf Oklahoma. “He’s No. 1 in the world and it was pretty easy to see why.
“It would be hard to say that he’s not going to win (the PGA) or at least be in contention. He hits it far enough and he has just incredible distance control with his irons. Ryan (Palmer) shot 2 or 3 under and looked like he was standing still based on how Scottie was playing.
“His proximity on most was 6 to 8 feet. The greens weren’t slow, but they were wet. His speed control was good and just took the break out of a lot of them. He looked like he was converting them easily.”
Scheffler tees up at this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson back on home soil in Dallas ahead of next week’s second men’s Major. The Scottie-slam, anyone?