Has Scottie Scheffler won a major? Inside the Masters leader’s historic climb to world No. 1 ranking
Scottie Scheffler entered moving day at the Masters tied for the largest 36-hole lead in tournament history. He was up five strokes on a quartet of four golfers behind him and appeared to be positioned for weekend success.
Scheffler birdied four of his last six holes on Friday to move to 8-under par ahead of the weekend. It continued a streak of red-hot play for Scheffler, both in recent rounds and in recent weeks.
Heading into the Masters, Scheffler had won three of his last five events. That came after he failed to notch a victory during his first three-plus years on the PGA Tour. Now, the No. 1 golfer in the world is hoping to take home a major title at the Masters and continue what has been not only a rapid rise but a historic one.
Has Scottie Scheffler ever won a major?
Scottie Scheffler has never won a major championship. The 25-year-old has only been on the PGA Tour since 2018, and while he has competed at every major event, he has never won.
Scheffler had logged a top-10 finish in three of the PGA Tour’s four majors entering the 2022 season. The only one at which he hadn’t placed within the top 10 before this year was the Masters.
Scottie Scheffler’s best finishes at Masters, other majors
Scheffler’s best finish at the Masters came in 2021 when he finished in a tie for 18th place. He shot 1-under par, matching Tyrrell Hatton and Collin Morikawa to earn a top-20 finish. He’s well on pace to outdo that performance this year.
At the other three majors on the PGA Tour, Scheffler has earned top-10 finishes with his best finish coming at the 2020 PGA Championship. Below is a recap of his best finish at each event.
|The Open Championship||T-8th||2021|
How Scottie Scheffler became world’s No. 1 golfer
Scheffler’s rise has been a steady one that has accelerated in pace in recent months. He ranked as low as 61st in the world during the 2020 season after missing three consecutive cuts. However, after that, his play leveled out.
Since Week 29 of the 2020 PGA Tour season, Scheffler has missed just six cuts. From mid-2020 through the end of 2021, he climbed from 61st in the world all the way up to No. 12 overall. That included three top-10 finishes at majors.
The one thing that was slightly holding Scheffler back was his lack of a win. He remedied that issue early in 2022, as he earned his first victory at the Phoenix Open. That began a hot streak for him, during which he has won three of his last five events and logged a top-10 finish at another. The only middling performance he had came at THE PLAYERS Championship when he tied for 55th.
Scheffler’s wins allowed him to rocket up the world golf rankings. Before his first win at the Phoenix Open, he ranked 14th in the world. After it, he rose up to No. 9 overall.
Scheffler moved up another four spots to No. 5 after finishing top 10 at The Genesis Invitational and winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Then, he made his final leap from No. 5 to No. 1 after dominating at WGC’s Dell Technologies Match Play.
Below is a look at how Scheffler’s week-by-week performance in 2022 impacted his world golf ranking.
|Event||Finish||Rank before||Rank after|
|The American Express||T-25th||11th||15th|
|Farmers Insurance Open||T-20th||15th||14th|
|The Genesis Invitational||T-7th||9th||6th|
|Arnold Palmer Invitational||1st||6th||5th|
|THE PLAYERS Championship||T-55th||5th||5th|
|Dell Technologies Match Play||1st||5th||1st|
Scheffler’s rapid rise to No. 1 overall broke a longstanding PGA Tour record that had previously been held by Tiger Woods.
There were just 42 days between Scheffler’s first win and his rise to the No. 1 in the world golf rankings. Previously, no golfer had achieved that feat faster than Woods, who became the world’s top golfer 252 days after his first victory. It took David Duval 532 days to achieve that feat and Jordan Spieth 763 days to do it.
It will be hard for any player to break Scheffler’s record. It will also be hard for anyone to displace him from the No. 1 spot in the world rankings after his strong performance at the Masters.