Black, Scheffler the perfect pair at Wyndham Cup
Connor Black and Scottie Scheffler are about as alike as any pair of golfers competing in this year’s Wyndham Cup.
They are both Texas boys. Black is from Houston while Scheffler lives in Dallas.
Wednesday at the Wyndham Cup
The West chipped away at the East team's lead during Wednesday's Wyndham Cup matches at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge. They head into Thursday with a 1-point lead.
They have had comparable results this year. Both finished top 20 in stroke play and lost in the Round of 32 at last week’s U.S. Junior Amateur. Each has two top-10 finishes in AJGA events this year.
And their games are similar.
“We do everything the same,” Black said. “We hit it straight and we both putt well. We never really spray it too badly. His misses go where my misses go. What he does well, I do well, and what he does bad, I do bad.”
Said Scheffler: “We can keep it in play.”
It’s no surprise that the two made a great team Wednesday at Bay Hill Golf Club. Black and Scheffler, making their second consecutive appearance for the West team, defeated East opponents Matthew NeSmith and Cody Proveaux, 5 and 4.
NeSmith and Proveaux beat Black in a four-ball match last year before Black teamed up with Scheffler for a 7-and-5 foursomes victory over Billy Kennerly and Chad Cox.
“Me and Scottie are just really good at alternate shot,” Black said.
The duo went down early to the pair of major-college signees – NeSmith will play at South Carolina in the fall while Proveaux signed with Clemson. Scheffler horseshoed a 4-footer on No. 1 and the West team settled for bogey, going 1 down after one hole.
But it was Black’s work on the green that helped the Texans take over. They won the next four holes, including three holes won with consecutive birdies. Black made a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 2 before sinking 12-footers on Nos. 3 and 4.
“I putted almost all day,” Black said.
While Black’s putting caused the West teammates to pull away – they were 5 up after 10 holes thanks to a conceded 2-foot birdie putt on No. 10 – Scheffler’s approach shots were just as crucial.
“He was getting them nice and close for me,” Black said.
The two didn’t lose a single hole after No. 1, and the team of NeSmith and Proveaux could never claw their way back into the match. Black and Scheffler made just two bogeys – one came on the final hole, the par-3 14th.
“Alternate shot, it’s easy to make mistakes,” Black said.
He and Scheffler, playing in front of about four people after drawing a gallery of roughly 50 in Stratham, N.H., last week, made very few.
“Out here I feel the same level of comfort,” said Scheffler, who caddied for Black during Black’s mixed foursomes match on Tuesday.
Perhaps it’s because he’s playing with a close friend in Black. The two have known each other since Scheffler moved to Dallas about nine years ago. They haven’t hung out much outside the golf course, but Black hopes Scheffler can make it to Houston during the winter.
“It’s pretty tough to get down to Houston,” Scheffler said. “It’s a haul.”
Said Black: “He’s going to come down this winter. I’m going to make him.”
The West and the East were all square entering the afternoon mixed four-ball matches, each with 12.5 points. Luckily for the East, though, Black and Scheffler won’t have the chance to team up again for the remainder of the tournament.