(Reuters) – Scottie Scheffler arrives at The Players Championship this week brimming with confidence after incomes his first two PGA Tour wins in his final three begins and feels his inclusion on final yr’s U.S. Ryder Cup workforce has performed a job in his success.
Scheffler was a Ryder Cup rookie and second-youngest participant on the American squad at Whistling Straits final September the place he beat Spaniard Jon Rahm in Sunday’s singles motion to set the tone for what ended up being a dominant win over the Europeans.
The 25-year-old Scheffler, who was considered one of Steve Stricker’s captain’s picks for the workforce competitors, stated his experience at Whistling Straits was a little bit of a stepping-stone for him.
“There have been just a few guys on the squad that wished me to be part of that workforce, and it gave me little bit of confidence and perception in myself,” world quantity 5 Scheffler, who’s the highest-ranked participant to win on the PGA Tour this season, instructed reporters at TPC Sawgrass.
“That form of possibly catapulted me a little bit bit for positive. That was positively one thing I did not see occurring that early in my profession however I used to be very blessed to be on that workforce and it was actually cool.”
Scheffler, who performs the sport with an off-the-cuff but confident manner, earned his breakthrough PGA Tour win on the Phoenix Open final month and tasted victory once more on Sunday at Bay Hill the place his quick recreation helped him edge out a loaded subject.
Now Scheffler will attempt to be part of Tiger Woods (2001), Tom Kite (1989) and Raymond Floyd (1981) as the one golfers who’ve gained The Players after successful the week earlier than.
“I feel successful and being in rivalry form of drains you a little bit bit, particularly on a golf course like we have been enjoying final week,” stated Scheffler.
“The starting of this week I’m positively not going to be doing that additional stuff that I form of do earlier than these occasions. I’m positively taking it a bit lighter initially of the week, form of figuring out that all the pieces is in fairly good form.”
Scheffler has solely logged three aggressive rounds at TPC Sawgrass, having missed the reduce final yr after the 2020 version was cancelled after the primary spherical, however he doesn’t anticipate that to hinder his possibilities.
“I actually haven’t got an excessive amount of experience across the golf course in event circumstances, however I do know the golf course fairly effectively simply from enjoying junior tournaments right here and from seeing it on TV,” stated Scheffler.
“It’s check of golf, and so long as I’m enjoying effectively, I ought to rating effectively out right here.”
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris)