The start of the USPGA Tour season has been an unusual one in many respects.
The old guard have been conspicuous by their absence from the winner’s photographs at the end of each tournament and in their place, a new generation of golfers have stepped in to fill the void.
So instead of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas dominating the proceedings, we have seen the likes of Joaquin Niemann, Sepp Straka, Cameron Smith, Sam Burns, Tom Hoge, Luke List, Hudson Swafford and Talor Gooch all holding silverware and telephone number sized winners checks.
However, while just a couple of players have landed multiple wins this season (Cam Smith, Viktor Hovland being two), there is one man whose form has been such that he has risen to the pinnacle of the game.
Step forward Scottie Scheffler after what has been an incredible seven-week run of performances that have seen him rise to number 1 in the World Golf Rankings.
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Current World Golf Rankings – Top 10 (As of Mon 28th March 2022)
- Scottie Scheffler (USA) – 8.29
- Jon Rahm (Esp) – 8.22
- Collin Morikawa (USA) – 7.81
- Viktor Hovland (Nor) – 7.58
- Patrick Cantlay (USA) – 7.05
- Cameron Smith (Aus) – 6.78
- Justin Thomas (USA) – 5.65
- Dustin Johnson (USA) – 5.64
- Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) – 5.63
- Xander Schauffele (USA) – 5.38
Scheffler’s Rise To The Top
The 25-year-old is a product of the University Of Texas and has won the US Junior Amateur title in 2013 and the Walker Cup in 2017, the same year he first qualified for the US Open.
He qualified for the Web.com Tour through qualifying school in 2019 and in his first year landed a number of victories to finish top of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals Points List and the Overall Points List to earn a fully exempt PGA Tour Card for the 2020 season.
His achievements on his one year on that tour saw him win the Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year award. His ranking improved too, moving from 1640th in the world at the start of the season, to 67th in the world by the end of the 2019 season.
In 2020, his rise up the rankings continued, when he finished tied-fourth in the 2020 PGA Championship and then on the back of that shot just the 12th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history when shooting 59 at the Northern Trust Open. By the end of the year, he was 29th in the world.
A solid first year and second year saw him named to the US Ryder Cup team and his ranking continued to improve with solid finishes regularly in tournaments without making that first tournament win breakthrough. He finished the 2021 season in 11th position in the World Rankings.
After an initial dip in form early on in the season, Scheffler got into the winner’s circle at the Waste Management Phoenix Open when he beat Patrick Cantlay in a playoff.
That win seemed to get the monkey off his back and after tieing for 7th at the Genesis invitational, he then won the Arnold Palmer invitational to rise to 5th in the World. He tied 55th in The Players Championship but this past weekend moved to the top of the rankings with victory in the WGC World Match Play, defeating Kevin Kisner in the final.
And now could Scheffler have his eye on claiming the first Major of the golfing season at Augusta in a couple of weeks time?
Scheffler’s Augusta Odds
It’s just two weeks to The Masters (and we’ll bring you a special preview of that tournament in due course) and Scheffler’s form is such that he is now rated a 16/1 chance to win his first Major at Augusta, those odds are with BetMGM Sportsbook.
That’s a marked shift in odds from just a couple of months ago and is clear evidence of how well he is playing at the moment.
He is 20/1 to land the USPGA Championship and the US Open Championship later in the year and slightly longer odds of 22/1 to win The Open in July.
It has been an incredible season for Scheffler so far and one that has seen him profit from what has been a very open and competitive men’s tour so far.
Now the challenge for Scheffler will be staying at the top of the rankings and that is easier said than done.
Featured Image – AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 27: Scottie Scheffler of the United States poses with the Walter Hagen Cup after defeating Kevin Kisner of the United States 4&3 in their finals match to win the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 27, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)