Masters champ Scheffler shoots 63 to grab RBC Heritage lead (2024)

DOUG FERGUSONAssociated Press

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Scottie Scheffler drilled his opening tee shot — straight down the middle, of course — with a grandstand packed with spectators behind him. What got his attention was when he looked back from the green and saw that it was empty.

Thousands of fans didn't want to miss the Masters champion on Saturday in the RBC Heritage, and Scheffler didn't disappoint.

His shots were like lasers into the greens as he quickly worked his way into the lead and stayed there. One last birdie on the 18th hole at Harbour Town gave Scheffler a bogey-free 63 and a one-shot lead over Sepp Straka.

"It felt to me like the crowd was coming with me today, and there was definitely a lot of cheers out there," Scheffler said. "I've always enjoyed playing in front of a crowd. It may not look like I'm paying much attention to them out there, but I can feel their energy, and it's great to have the support."

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He won a green jacket last week, perhaps a plaid jacket from Harbour Town this week. Scheffler wasn't kidding when he talked about how much he hates to lose.

At stake Sunday is a fourth win in his last five starts, and a chance to become the first player since Bernhard Langer in 1985 to win the Masters and the next PGA Tour stop on the schedule. The only other Masters champion to do that was Gary Player in 1978.

"I think when I'm playing my best, sometimes it feels like I'm competing against myself a little bit out there, trying to keep pushing and stay as focused as I can," Scheffler said.

"At the end of the day, we're out here competing against the best players in the world. I love competing against these guys, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of coming out and competing tomorrow."

Scheffler was at 16-under 197. Straka made a 15-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 65 to get within one shot. They will be in the final group Sunday, with a different wind and thunderstorms in the forecast.

Two-time major Collin Morikawa made one mistake late, coming up short of the 16th green and missing a 10-foot par putt. He had a 68 and was two shots behind. Masters runner-up Ludvig Aberg (68) was among those three shots back.

All of them are chasing the No. 1 player in the world in the midst of a dominant stretch of golf not seen since Tiger Woods in his prime.

Scheffler has gone 51 consecutive holes at par or better at Harbour Town. He posted his 39th consecutive round at par or better dating to the Tour Championship last August.

"I think we all expect him to play well, and there's nothing I can do about it," Aberg said. "All I try to do is focus on myself and make sure that I hit the shots the way I want to and then see where that takes me."

Scheffler started three shots behind and already was tied for the lead with a tee shot to a pin at the back right corner of the 221-yard seventh hole, converting a 10-foot birdie.

Even the bad breaks led to birdies. On the reachable par-4 ninth, his drive stopped short of the bunker on a down slope of grass, leaving him a flop shot to a short pin with the green running away from him. All he could manage was a pitch to 35 feet. He rammed home the birdie putt, and never really stopped until finishing with a 7-foot birdie on the 18th.

For a moment, it was setting up as a duel with Aberg, the Swedish stud who has been a pro for 10 months and already is regarded as Scheffler's biggest threat because he never seems to miss. But he missed a drive on the 12th into the trees and made bogey to fall out of a share of the lead, and Aberg had to settle for pars the rest of the way.

The crowds were particularly large in the warm and sunshine, often lining the entire fairway two- and three-deep to watch golf's newest sensation. Scheffler has three wins and a runner-up finish in his last four tournaments.

The only player to beat him was Stephan Jaeger by one shot in the Houston Open — Scheffler missed a 5-foot putt that would have forced a playoff. They played together for the first time since then and Jaeger held his own with a 67.

Against Scheffler these days, that's just not enough.

Scheffler wasn't entirely prepared for this week. Winning can be draining, even more when it involves a Masters green jacket. He flew home to Dallas on Sunday night, spent two days with his pregnant wife, managed nine holes of a pro-am at Harbour Town and here he is again.

Patrick Rodgers is the only player within five shots of Scheffler who has yet to win on the PGA Tour. The former Stanford star has felt his game was in a good place and he was hopeful of getting another chance. And then he saw Scheffler's name starting to rise on the scoreboards as he was starting his round. Rodgers hung in there with a 68.

"It feels inevitable at this point," Rodgers said. "His ball-striking is incredible. For me to have a chance tomorrow, I'm going to have to play 18 great holes. And I'm looking forward to the challenge."



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Masters champ Scheffler shoots 63 to grab RBC Heritage lead (2024)


Masters champ Scheffler shoots 63 to grab RBC Heritage lead? ›

Hilton Head Island, S.C. — Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was relentless as ever Saturday with another bogey-free round at the RBC Heritage, an 8-under 63 that gave him a one-shot lead and left him one round from joining some rare company.

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Besides lifting the prestigious trophy, he earned an important sum of money. The 27-year-old talent received a $3.6 million cash prize back to back at the Masters and RBC Heritage, an amount that has helped him reach nearly $18.7 million for the 2024 season on the PGA Tour.

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Congratulations are in order for two-time Masters champion, Scottie Scheffler and wife Meredith as they have just announced the birth of their first child. Monday night, May 13, Scheffler took to social media to share the joyful news. His Instagram post simply states, “Welcome to the world little one.

How rich is Scottie Scheffler? ›

Scheffler's net worth varies depending on the publication, but it is estimated to be between $4 million and $18 million. Scheffler's arrival on the golf scene was cemented at the 2022 Masters, where he secured his first major tournament win and donned the coveted green jacket.

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The Co Down golfer's fortune soared by £25m over the past year, meaning his net worth now stands at £225m, making him the richest person from the region under the age of 40.

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According to Golfspan, Bryson DeChambeau has a net worth of around $14 million. He made around $26.2 million on PGA Tours. The 2020 US Open champion is presently under contract with LIV Golf. His first LIV event in July of that year netted him $560,000, nearly double his earnings from his previous seven events in 2022.

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Instead of a sprawling palace, the Scheffler family lives in a modestly-priced mansion in Dallas, Texas - priced well within the golfer's reported net worth. Scheffler bought the house back in 2020 after getting married to his high school sweetheart, Meredith Scudder, at a price tag of $2.1million.

What did Scottie Scheffler name his son? ›

As it turned out, the world number one went on to claim his second green jacket, followed that up with the RBC Heritage title, and then welcomed his son. And the name bestowed upon him: Bennett. Welcome to the world little one.

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Texas A&M's 12th (Wo)Man

While Scottie was at the University of Texas, Meredith attended Texas A&M for college as a Communications Major with a minor in Business, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 2018. The two continued their relationship even while attending different colleges.

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Rory McIlroy has filed for divorce from his wife, Erica Stoll, as confirmed by the golf pro's manager on May 13. The unexpected news came on the eve of the PGA Championship.

What nationality is Scott Scheffler? ›

Scott Alexander Scheffler (born June 21, 1996) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

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It is the best PGA Tour run since Tiger Woods in 2000, and it's working out well for Scheffler's caddie, Ted Scott, who is estimated to have made around $1.5m for helping his boss to such huge success so far this year.

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Scott almost retired back in 2021 too, after splitting ways with Watson, but a call from Scheffler began yet another fulfilling (and productive) partnership. Since taking over Scheffler's bag at the end of 2021, Scott's estimated earnings are projected at around $5 million.

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