Scheffler Ties for Second, Moves to World No. 1
After a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship, Scottie Scheffler has climbed back to No. 1, usurping Jon Rahm in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Scheffler shot a final-round 65 and ended with a 7-under-par total at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. Champion Brooks Koepka finished two shots ahead of Scheffler and Viktor Hovland.
The adjustment comes after a continued stellar season. Scheffler has made the cut in every tournament and finished outside of the top 12 once in 13 events. In that time, he won the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale and The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. He tied for fifth place last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
“Do I become No. 1 again,” Scheffler asked when told that he would after Sunday’s round. “That's great. I mean, it's just an algorithm. It's nice, but I really don't care.”
This is not Scheffler’s first time sitting atop the rankings. He previously became No. 1 in March 2022 after a 42-day stretch that saw him win the WM Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. He responded by winning his very next tournament – the Masters. It was the sixth instance in which the World No. 1 entered the Masters and took home the green jacket, joining Ian Woosnam (1991), Fred Couples (1992), Tiger Woods (2001, 2002) and Dustin Johnson (2020).
“I don't play for world ranking” he said. “I play to come out here and compete. Right now I'm a little sad that I wasn't able to get the tournament done, but I'm proud of how I fought, I'm proud of how I played the back nine today to give myself a chance. I got beat by somebody that played better this week, and tip of the cap to Brooks.”
Scheffler opened with 67-68 to take a share of the PGA Championship lead into the weekend, but a third-round 73 put him in a four-shot hole before the final round. He made the turn in 1-under 34 and made four birdies on the back nine, including at the 18th hole to shoot 65.