Return to world number one and $ 4.5 million: Scottie Scheffler signs a dream week in The Players

With his sixth PGA Tour victory, the American reclaims the throne he lost three weeks ago to Jon Rahm and secures the biggest regular season booty on the North American Tour.

The world of golf is at the feet of Scottie Scheffler. The New Jersey native picked up his sixth PGA victory after his The Players coronation, signing record numbers. Moreover, he regained his throne of number one on the planet and won the biggest monetary award given in the sport.

Records that serve to continue the expansion of a dazzling career, worthy of the history books. Scheffler has only been on the PGA for four seasons, but he already knows what it’s like to win the most important tournaments in the world. Actually, He is only the third player throughout the existence of the tour, who managed to win The Players (tournament known as the fifth great) being the current champion of the Augusta Masters . The others are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Little thing.

A victory which is given comfortably, since the former student of the University of Texas spent a brilliant Sunday day on the TPC Sawgrass of Ponte Vedra Beach. He had consecutive birdies between flag eight and flag twelve , closing the day with a three under par. On the other hand, in the general, he scored an impressive -17, armed mainly thanks to the seven under par he obtained on “Moving Day”.

His closest pursuer was Britain’s Tyrrell Hatton, who was five strokes behind the 26-year-old American. The step distance marks largest margin for a win in The Players since 2006 when Stephen Ames made a difference of six shots to claim the crown.

As if that were not enough, to the sporting success that lifting the title at Sawgrass means must be added the monetary prize that The Players brings. After LIV’s economic expansion, the PGA announced increased purses for its tournaments and the “Big Fifth” was no exception. In 2023, it was increased to a total of $25 million to distribute, unprecedented figure in the regular events of the North American tour and which exceeds even what is delivered in the Saudi super league. In the case of Scheffler, this he secures $4.5 million for his own pocket, $500 thousand more than what a LIV player earns if he wins the league title on any of the 14 dates . Of course, they also have the team competition, which increases their earnings.

It was a long and hard day, I did well not to push, considering the difficult conditions. I’m just trying to get better, I feel lucky to be able to win and enjoy the wins “, mentioned the now holder of six PGA victories. Four of those were last year and all in his last 27 events played. To players and masters, two trophies are also added in the Phoenix Open, one at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and another at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Finally, the festivities in Florida also bring him back to world number one, a position he lost on February 19 after Jon Rahm won the Genesis Invitational. Three weeks later, Scheffler is back on top and continues to add weeks in a place it first held from March 2022 to October. Then he would come only seven days in the second month of this year.

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Source: Latercera

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