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Tiger Woods comparisons generally are a really good thing.

But after Scottie Scheffler joined Woods as one of seven multiple-time Players champions, he was reminded of what could be viewed as a slightly depressing statistic.

The current World No. 1 has been on a tear the past 25 months; Scheffler earned his first PGA Tour win in February 2022 at the WM Phoenix Open and hasn’t slowed down much since.

He won three more times over the next three months that season, including his first major title at the Masters. He won in Scottsdale again in 2023 before taking the Players Championship a month later. Scheffler didn’t win for 52 weeks after that (gasp!), but that didn’t stop him from cementing his place at the top of the sport.

While Scheffler didn’t win an official event between March 2023 and March 2024, he racked up top-10s at a mind-boggling pace. For the entire 2022-23 PGA Tour season, he finished outside the top 12 just three times. His next start, after the Tour Championship, at the unofficial Hero World Challenge? He won.

Golf's new world No 1 Scottie Scheffler SMASHES Tiger Woods' 25-year-old  record after winning WGC Match Play | The Sun

In the past two weeks, the 27-year-old has returned to his official winning ways, taking the Arnold Palmer Invitational and defending his title at TPC Sawgrass, becoming the first to accomplish the feat.

According to the analytics site, DataGolf, Scheffler’s current peak of +2.82 in the DG Index is the fourth highest of all-time, behind Woods in 2000, Vijay Singh in 2004 and David Duval in 1999. He’s been able to maintain — and elevate — that number despite losing strokes on the green until the last couple of weeks.

But, being compared to Woods ain’t easy, and on Sunday night at TPC Sawgrass Scheffler shared a funny revelation about how far he has to go to draw legitimate comparisons to Woods’ sustained run of dominance.

“I’m not going to remember the exact numbers, but like we’re playing at Riv this year, and I hit my tee ball and this guy yells out, like, ‘Congrats on being No. 1 Scottie. Eleven more years to go,’” Scheffler recalled, cracking up the press room.

“Eleven more years to go,” he repeated for emphasis.

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The fan at last month’s Genesis Invitational was referring to Woods’ incredible mark of 683 weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking, more than double the total of the next closest player. Woods was also World No. 1 for two separate streaks of 281 and 264 weeks — again, both more than double the next best.

The win he logged Sunday was the eighth of his career, leaving him 76 behind Woods’ record total on the PGA Tour, not to mention Scheffler’s lone major title is 14 fewer than Woods’ mark.

“Anytime you can be compared to Tiger I think is really special, but, I mean, the guy stands alone I think in our game,” Scheffler said. “He really does. This is my eighth tournament win now out here, I’ve tied him in Players Championships. Outside of that, I got 14 more majors and 70-some PGA Tour events to catch up. So I think I’m going to stick to my routine and just continue to plot along, try and stay as even-keeled as I can.

“We all idolize Tiger. He’s been our guy. Watching what he did in special moments over the years is crazy to watch. I’ve learned a lot just from being around him. We’re just very thankful that he’s still a part of our sport.”

 

  • Several big names are shockingly set to miss the cut at the Open Championship
  • Justin Rose and Shane Lowry both missed the cut after tough opening rounds 
  • Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson also fell short of the +3 cut line

Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson is among several big names to have missed the cut at the Open Championship.

Fellow major winners Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry and Justin Thomas were all beaten by the swirling links course at Royal Liverpool after 36 holes of golf.

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The quintet are some of the most experienced players the game has ever witnessed, having won 12 majors between them but have succumbed to the historic yet hardening par 71 track.

McIlroy and Mickelson

Mickelson couldn’t come back from his difficult opening round on Thursday that saw him card a 77 which included a triple bogey on the notoriously difficult 18th hole.

The three-time Masters winner would add to that score on Friday, wrapping up his second round with a four-over 74 bringing his 36-hole tally up to nine-over par.

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Fellow LIV Golfer Johnson would have an even worse time, shooting a disastrous 10-over on Friday to take his total score to +13.

The 2020 Masters Champion interestingly came into the tournament in good fettle, finishing T10 at last month’s US Open, but notably struggled at the PGA Championship and the Masters, finishing T55 and T48 respectively.

Phil Mickelson

Ryder Cup hopefuls Rose and Lowry joined them, with the Englishman finishing three back from the cut line, while the 2019 Open Champion ended up one shot behind him on +7.

Thomas, meanwhile, seems to still be going through a difficult bout of form that today saw him miss his fifth cut of the season and third at major championship.

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He was narrowly cut at the Masters and did not advance to the weekend at the US Open, but will now fall out of contention in Liverpool this weekend, despite battling back to score even par for his second round.

It was his opening score of 82 that cost him, with the two-time PGA Championship winner also struggling on the 18th hole, hitting nine shots to go card a quadruple bogey on the 599-yard par five.

Phil Mickelson

They were not the only ones finding it hard to make the cut line, with World No 1 Scottie Scheffler and defending champion Cameron Smith both booking their places in the weekend by the skin of their teeth.

Coming down the fairway of the 18th it looked as though Scheffler could be dramatically cut from the competition. He struck his approach into a deep bunker on the 18th but rescued himself with a fantastic up-and-down to end his round with a birdie and finish at three-over.

Smith’s escape from the cut was perhaps even more impressive, finishing up his second round with an eagle to bring his score down to two-over heading into the weekend.

Rickie Fowler was another player struggling on Friday afternoon and despite coming into this tournament in such good form, after ending a four-year wait for a win on the PGA Tour, he too looked like he could be another absentee for the final two rounds.

The American posted a second round 73 that saw him rescue an incredible par on the last hole after going wayward with both his drive and second shot. He then found his approach in the bunker just shy of the hole.

Fowler then delivered a fantastic save from the hazard, knowing he was playing right on the cut line, before tapping in with his putter to advance into the final two rounds.