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Can Scottie Scheffler Become a Multiple Major Winner?

Every now and then a new men’s golfer emerges on the scene and is tipped to become the sport’s next big superstar. Tiger Woods took the sport to new heights and there is a desire to have a new name step into his shoes. But they are massive shoes to fill. Who will be the person to achieve it?

New kid on the tee

First, we had Rory McIlroy, then we had Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. More recently, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa have shown signs of becoming dominant forces, heading the golf betting odds at the leading events including the 2022 Masters. But no one has reached the level, performance, or global fame that Tiger achieved.

The latest name to emerge is Scottie Scheffler. Back in 2018, the American was ranked 1589 in the world. By April 2022, he was World No. 1. That is a remarkable rise through the ranks by anyone’s standards. By the time the 2022 Masters Tournament teed off, he had won three of the last five competitions and had finished in the top 10 in seven of his last 11 events.

Major strength

Even more remarkable is his professional record in majors. Since missing the cut on his debut at the US Open in 2019, he has never finished out of the top 20 in six major appearances. And he finished in the top 10 on four occasions. Few players have had such s strong start in major events. Aged just 25, Scheffler looks on course to be a multiple major winner. He is entering an era with a wealth of young talent already making waves including Jon Rahm, Cameron Smith, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Viktor Hovland and Jordan Spieth. All of those are in their twenties and four of them are already major winners.

Rare achievement

Whether Scottie Scheffler can maintain his trajectory remains to be seen. Many have risen to the top but struggled to maintain the kind of consistency required to achieve legendary status. But the early signs are good. He is only the ninth American to reach world No. 1, and he achieved it just 42 days after his first PGA Tour win. He has also reached a milestone that many of the game’s most famous names never achieved. Phil Mickelson, José María Olazaba, Bubba Watson, Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, and John Daly are all multiple major winners, but none of them ever reached No. 1 in the world.

Many experts now agree that if any of the current generation can go on to achieve greatness in the game, it is Scottie Scheffler. In the wake of Tiger Woods’ dominance, golf needs a new face to take it to the next level. A player who not only wins but can also take the game by the scruff of the neck and set new benchmarks. But it will take more than just a purple patch to get there. Let’s see if he can maintain his form throughout 2022.

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