Scottie Scheffler poses with the WM Phoenix Open winner's trophy. © WM Phoenix Open scottie scheffler (-16)
Scottie Scheffler poses with the WM Phoenix Open winner’s trophy. © WM Phoenix Open
scottie scheffler (-16) has won the phoenix open after beating with a birdie patrick cantlay (-16) in the third playoff hole where the two Americans arrived after delivering two cards of 67 strokes in the final round. Before, the young man from Dallas had already had a putt of a meter and a half to win on the 72nd hole of the tournament, but he missed it and for a moment he gave the feeling that he was going to miss another opportunity to finally release his winning record at PGA Tours.
Scheffler he is still very young and had only played 70 PGA Tour tournaments before he stood up this week in Arizona, including those he still played as an amateur. However, he was already beginning to wait a long time for his first victory, more than anything because of everything he suspects when he sees him play. He is a kicker with incredible streaks, an aggressive guy with enormous determination on the field, a very complete player, without fissures. The proof of his worth is that a few months ago he made his debut in the Ryder Cup with his record of wins at zero, being one of the captain’s choices, and that he would also later be able to beat Jon Rahm in the singles by a resounding result of 4 and 3. Anyway, the strange thing was that he hadn’t won yet, really.
As expected, a Sunday full of emotion has been experienced in the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Coursewith a large group of applicants who came to the final stretch with real options. Sahith Theegala (-15), a great protagonist throughout the week, lost a good part of them on the 17th hole, the 71st of the tournament, when he sent his ball into the teeing water in this short par 4. The truth is that the young Californian had real bad luck with the first bounce of a ball that had every appearance of reaching the green unscathed, very well hit from the tee, but it goes without saying that no sport like golf depends on so much ultimately by chance…
Be that as it may, Theegala has shown himself capable of handling the pressure against the best and in the main match on Saturday and Sunday. Seen what has been seen, it is possible that it will cost him even a little less than Scheffler to achieve his first victory, but it is always better not to tempt fate, because nobody can guarantee when, how and where he will see himself again before an opportunity of this type. Let’s see how he responds next week in a tournament even more impressive than this week’s, in Riviera.
We had pointed out in the hours prior to the last round that, with a good eye, Jon Rahm (-12) could need something like a 63 or 64 to really aim for the win. Indeed, with a 63 (big words, of course) he would have reached a place in the tiebreaker. Despite an excellent final sprint, with a partial of four less in the last third of the lap, the truth is that things have not been given to the Basque throughout the week to see himself on the front line, aspiring to everything . However, his final 67 is more than just a good brooch. A new top ten in his pocket and hardly having been able to get the best version of him out for a walk, especially on some greens that sooner or later cross him every year.