Scheffler still seeking signature victory
You might say Scott Scheffler is due a victory.
Scheffler’s T-2 finish at the HP Boys Championship Feb. 16-18 in The Woodlands, Texas, was his third consecutive runner-up finish in a notable junior event. He also finished T-2 at the Jones Cup Junior in December and lost to Adam Wood in the match-play final of the Polo Golf Junior Classic in November.
“It’s a little bit of both (satisfying and frustrating),” said Scheffler, a junior at Dallas' Highland Park High School. “But if I keep giving myself chances, eventually I’m going to win.”
Scheffler has seen his ranking rise over the past year thanks to several impressive finishes. He was fifth at the Ping Invitational, 15th at the Junior PGA, eighth at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and T-9 at the Thunderbird International Junior. He’s now third in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, though No. 1 in the Class of 2014, and fifth in the Polo Golf Junior Rankings.
In other words, he’s one of the big boys.
“When I used to go to these tournaments, I didn’t feel like I belonged,” Scheffler said. “Now, I feel like I belong. Every time I go to a tournament, I feel like I have a good chance to win.”
Scheffler, a defending high school state champion, has won a few prep events this year, but he can’t remember the last time he has won a big junior tournament. “I couldn’t tell you,” he said.
He'll take a break because of school, but likely will get his next chance to notch his first signature victory at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior in May.
A tall, lanky player at 6 feet, 1 inch, Scheffler cites his short game as the reason for his recent success. He also strengthened his grip a little before the Jones Cup Junior, a move that has increased his power.
He shot 61 twice in a matter of two weeks last summer, breaking the course record at Northwood Club in Dallas. And he has gotten better.
The only thing missing now is a victory.