Scottie SchefflerBetween getting his PGA Tour card, and winning the Phoenix Open, he played in 58 tournaments. This was just the beginning of a remarkable year in golf.
Scheffler was ranked No.1 a month later. Scheffler was ranked No. 1 in the world a month later. He became a major winner by winning the Masters two weeks later. He was named the PGA Tour Player-of-the Year on Saturday to cap off his remarkable rise.
Schefflers surprise was the only surprise. He was honored with the Jack Nicklaus Award at an appearance on ESPN College GameDay in Austin. Scheffler graduated with a finance degree from the McCombs School of Business at Texas in just four years, without ever having to go to summer school.
John Fields, Longhorns coach brought him a special gift when he was on stage with Texas golf team. It was the bronze trophy and fans began to chant his name.
Scheffler said, choking up, Thats pretty cool. I dont really have much to say. It was something I didnt expect. It means a lot to my family.
Scheffler is able to accomplish a lot quickly once he gets going.
He became the first player since 1990 to win players of the Korn Ferry Tour, rookies of the PGA Tour and player of the PGA Tour in a span four seasons.
The award is voted by PGA Tour members who have played in at least 15 tournaments. Scheffler was the Open champion and received 89%. Cam SmithFedEx Cup Champion Rory McIlroyBoth of them won three times and trailed him in the world ranking.
Scheffler won the Masters for the fourth time in six tournaments. He was not victorious during the remainder of the season but he was always close. His close friend Sam BurnsHe defeated him in a playoff played at the Colonial. He finished 1 shot behind Matt FitzpatrickAt the U.S. Open
He almost finished the season with FedEx Cup, but McIlroy found him in the final round. Scheffler was forced to settle for a tie for second place and a $5.75million bonus. Scheffler also received a $4 million bonus for leading FedEx Cup in the regular-season — he was No. He was No. 1 for the final 23 weeks of season — and he also received a $1,000,000 bonus from the Aon Risk Reward Challenge.
His earnings in the regular-season were a record $14,046,910, which puts his total income from his performance just short of $25,000,000.
Commissioner Jay Monahan stated via a statement that one of the greatest compliments a player could receive is the endorsement by his peers, and Scottie’s season was both dominant-consistent spoke volumes to the membership,
Smith won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Players Championship. He also won The Open at St. Andrews where he shot 30 on his back nine in the final round.
McIlroy won McIlroys CJ Cup in Las Vegas, the RBC Canadian Open June and the Tour Championship. McIlroy was the only player who finished in the top ten in all four majors. He also won the FedEx Cup, his third win.
McIlroy could still appreciate Schefflers year.
He deserves this more than I deserve. McIlroy stated that McIlroy had played an incredible season. McIlroy said, Hell of player, hell of competitor. Even better person. Love his family.