BROOKLINE, Mass. ( Associated Press) – Scotty Scheffler was standing on the eighth boat at The Country Club, waiting for the ball to stop rolling. When that happened, he took a few steps to the left and tried for the third time to climb the false front, protecting the needle.
Instead of a long shot for the Eagles and a chance to continue his lead in the last round of the US Open, Scheffler made a short one to save the pair. And when he finished one shot behind winner Matt Fitzpatrick on Sunday, it wasn’t hard to find the punches that cost him.
“This week I scored some of the worst goals I’ve scored in my career, and I also scored some of the best,” said Scheffler, the world’s best-ranked player and current Masters champion.
He finished with 3-under 67 and tied for second place with Villa Zalatoris.
“It was a roller coaster week,” he said, although he could only talk about the eighth hole. “Being in the end was definitely a lot of fun. Unfortunately, only one blow came. “
Scheffler had a pretty good run at 560 yards, par-5 eighth, making consecutive birds in the first two rounds and breaking the fervai iron for the eagle on Saturday.
But in the last round, with the lead in the tournament, he jumped about 20 feet from the needle and watched him turn and roll back towards him. During his second sting in the green, he hit the false front again and ended up two yards away from where he was heading.
After a 25-year-old transplant in Dallas, Scheffler put his fourth blow – and third attempt on the green – about 6 feet from the hole to save the pair. He made a turnaround with the lead, but after successive bogs for the start of the back nine, Scheffler was alone in third place.
“I played good golf, but it wasn’t good enough,” he said. “There are definitely a few things I could have done differently, but I won’t waste time thinking about it. I will recover from this and continue and I hope to be better from here. “
Scheffler threw on the 10th alone with 6 less, but Fitzpatrick joined him by the time he took his second shot on par 4 of 503 yards. along the edge of the cup on his third hit and missed 13 feet par putt returning.
Now trailing by one and tied for second place with Zalatoris, Scheffler landed on the green in the 11th hole of 119 yards, with a 40-foot birdie kick for part of the lead. He missed it and then circled his lip on his 3 foot kick.
“I’m watching those beatings at 10 and 11 and I really didn’t hit a bad hit,” he said. “Hit a lot of good shots (at number 10) and move away from 5. At 11, … it was a really difficult pair. After that, I just kept trying to keep joining and hitting good shots. ”
With the top two groups behind, Scheffler made a 6-foot bird strike at number 17 and returned to 5 below – just second, one shot behind Fitzpatrick. A 25-foot for the birdie at number 18 that would force the playoffs rolled in. To the left of the hole.
There’s some consolation: with his $ 1,557,687 check, Scheffler earned $ 12,896,849 this year and set a PGA tour record for official money of the season – even with another big and post-season tour yet to come.
The previous record was Jordan Spiet, who won $ 12,030,465 in 2015.
Scheffler, who won the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championships and was the “Phil Mickelson Freshman of the Year” in Texas, is now the US Open runner-up, like Mickelson (who has done so six times).
Scheffler was trying to be the first player to win two matches in one year since Brooks Koepka 2018. He also aimed for the fifth victory in his career – all in the last four months.
“I just played quality golf. “It happened that the blows went around the edge instead of entering,” he said. A few breaks here or there, and I would be the one holding the trophy.
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