Scottie Scheffler entered the WM Phoenix Open as the highest-ranked player in the world (16) without a PGA Tour victory.
In his 71st career start since turning pro in 2018, the 25-year-old beat Patrick Cantlay on the third playoff hole.
Scheffler took home $1.5 million for Sunday’s win, but his first significant single check isn’t a life-changer given his track record this season and beyond — he’s already earned $2.7 million in 2021-22 and $10.2 million in his career.
- He was a U.S. Junior Amateur champ (2013), All-American at Texas (2018), Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year (2019), and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2020).
- In 2020, he fired a 59 at The Northern Trust, the 12th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history.
- Scheffler defeated World No. 1 Jon Rahm during the United States’ Ryder Cup victory in September at Whistling Straits.
The next big milestone is obvious. Scheffler has top-10 finishes in three of the four majors: The Open Championship (T8, 2021), U.S. Open (T7, 2021), and the PGA Championship (T4, 2020).
With three top-10 finishes already this season, Scheffler has moved to a career-high No. 9 in the world rankings and is fourth in the FedEx Cup standings.
His best finish at the season’s first major is a tie for 18th in 2021. He’s currently T-14 (+3,500*) to win the Masters, which begins April 4.