hen playing conditions are tough and the spotlight is bright,
Scottie Scheffler always seems to play his best. The Dallas native and former Texas
Junior Golf Alliance standout twice made the cut in U.S. Opens as an amateur,
for example. He won Low Amateur honors at Erin Hills in the 2017 U.S. Open.
Scheffler also won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2013 and became only the second
player to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur as the reigning U.S.
To say Scheffler was a dominant force in junior golf would be an
understatement. From 2004-10, he won nearly 60% of his starts on the Northern Texas PGA Junior Tour for a staggering total of 74 victories. At age 14,
Scheffler made the cut at the 101st Texas Amateur in 2010 despite not yet
possessing the length to reach a handful of par 4s in two shots.
In college at Texas, he helped the Longhorns advance to the match
play finals of the NCAA Championship three times. Along the way he racked up
tons of individual awards, such as Freshman of the Year, All-American, Big 12
Scholar Athlete of the Year and Ben Hogan Award finalist.
After he turned pro in late 2018, he spent one season on the Korn
Ferry Tour. He won twice and was named the 2019 Player of the Year. In 2020, he
was the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year. Like Zalatoris, Scheffler has been in
contention for PGA Tour victories on several occasions, including the 2020 PGA
Championship. It’s only a matter of time before he starts winning at the highest
level. It’s what he’s always done.