By the first half of the PGA Tour season, Scotty Schaeffler’s dominance flew under the radar of his journey to the top.


How well has Scottie Scheffler done so far in 2022? There are a thousand ways to measure the answer to that question, but with the 2021-22 season less than half way over, what he’s already accomplished seems to be underestimated. Scheffler made his first individual start since winning the Masters this week, teeing off AT&T Byron Nelson in April (he participated in the Zurich Classic shortly after the team event, the Masters) and will likely have a lot of fanfare. But given how dominant Scheffler has been since January 1, that may not be enough.

Where to start? How about this statistic? Scheffler has four wins on the PGA Tour this year. Combination. Or this: He has earned $10.1 million so far this season. It will be the sixth highest income. Nearly double-digit behemoth events remain in a single season in PGA Tour history.

After winning the WGC-Dell, Scheffler has won 4 of 9 competitions, skipping 4th, 3rd and 2nd places and moving from 5th to 1st in the world. Skill match play just before the Masters. The gap in the official world rankings between him and ninth place Jordan Spieth is the same as the gap between Spieth and Germany’s 223rd Marty Schmid.

Also consider his dominance at the top of the golf world. There were 7 events worldwide this year and the field strength was at least 500. Scheffler has won four events: Masters, Match Play, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Phoenix Open. He has won more victories in the last three months than Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Daniel Berger, Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy and Tony Finau have won in the last two and a half years (since the start of 2020).

Nor is it purely old-fashioned domination. The statistical profile that underpins what Scheffler did on the golf course was astounding. According to Data Golf, he is getting 2.82 strokes per round. At this time, no one in the world can exceed 2.5 and only 7 people exceed 2.0. Schaeffler has better full strokes per round than all but eight golfers and two more than most pro golfers on the planet.

It’s been a really special season and will keep getting better. Schaeffler won the 2015 Individual Big 12 Championship in the Southern Hills and is well-suited to continue his major championship dominance. April’s green jacket extends as well. In the last 7 majors, Scheffler has finished in the top 20 on all 7 of them, 5 of which are in the top 10. It’s a big talent that’s considered a big hit because he’s just getting a win.

At 25, I don’t know where Scheffler’s career will go. I know he’s long enough grounded to deal with the emotional rollercoaster of professional golf, and he has a talent that lurks in the Top 10 (or more) for many hours.

The situation for the rest of the year is somewhat irrelevant. Scheffler will almost certainly be the PGA Tour Player of the Year given what he’s already accomplished, and there are all these paths that could consolidate one of the great seasons in modern PGA Tour history (the division not Tiger Woods). Despite the fact that he was on this mega-heater, I’m not quite sure the average golf fan fully understands all this is happening.

The percentage of world-class fields Scheffler loses (again, 40% of his top 10) is utterly absurd and given the way he did it (an elite tee to green game complemented by a great short game, not the other way). , he should be a favorite in every event he plays here by the end of 2022. But it is questionable whether that is true. This tells you everything you need to know about Scheffler’s year and how it is being perceived. As good as he’s been and as good as he’d expected, there’s a feeling in golf what Scheffler is doing is under-recognized.

Scottie Scheffler is literally and figuratively the best golfer in the world. I’m not sure everyone has realized it yet.



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