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Scottie Scheffler’s putting struggles over four PGA Tour seasons

Scottie Scheffler shoots opening round bogey-free 67

Scottie Scheffler was in the mix for what would’ve been a third win of the season Sunday at the 2023 BMW Championship.

With Viktor Hovland in the clubhouse lead at 17 under, Scheffler had a 26-foot putt for birdie on the 17th hole to tie the Norwegian, but instead three-putted for a disappointing bogey. That meant he had to hole-out from the fairway on No. 18 if he was to force a playoff with Hovland, who instead walked away with a two-shot win after Scheffler made par.

Scheffler was first in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, Approach to Green and Tee to Green on the week. In a field of 50, he came in 38th in Strokes Gained: Putting, where he lost 1.891 shots to the field. Round up, and there’s the two shots that could’ve forced a playoff.

The 25-year-old’s week at Olympia Fields Country Club’s North Course in Illinois was obviously nothing to scoff at with scores of 66-69-64-66. It took a career low and course record (by Hovland) to beat him, after all. But his performance at the BMW highlights a trend that we’ve seen all season from the World No. 1: the game overall is tight, but the putter is too loose.

“The things that I’m working on right now I feel very excited about. I’m hitting a lot of good putts,” said Scheffler before the Open Championship in July while arguing his putting wasn’t a problem. “Pretty soon, a lot of those good putts will start falling in the middle of the hole instead of dodging around the side of it.”

Scottie Scheffler reacts after missing a putt on the ninth green during the first round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. (Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

That’s the kind of confidence that gets built up over four years of early success on the PGA Tour. In 110 starts, he’s racked up nine third-place showings, seven runner-up finishes and six wins with 91 made cuts. In 22 events this year alone, Scheffler didn’t miss a single cut and was in the top 25 in 20 of those starts, with 16 top 10s and a pair of wins and runners-up.

The fact he’s been so successful with such below-average performance on the greens makes Scheffler’s start to his professional career all the more impressive.

Here’s a look at Scheffler’s putting stats over his four years on the PGA Tour.

Scottie’s struggles

Scheffler had a bounce-back season last year in SG: Putting, but even then he was only ranked 58th and still managed four wins. This year is his worst SG: Putting on Tour since the 2019-20…


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