It’s Father’s Day weekend, and golf is on. So goes the American tradition.
The only thing is, you’re a super casual golf fan and very few of the players in contention are recognizable. And who’s this amateur? The announcers said he goes to the University of Texas?
He sure does, and you came to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about Scottie Scheffler, the 20-year-old Longhorn who’s in contention at the 2017 U.S. Open.
He’s a Longhorn
Yeah, we said that already, but it’s important. Scheffler appears to be the next in a long line of successful golfers to pass through the 40 Acres. Longhorns currently on the PGA Tour include two-time major champion Jordan Spieth, Cody Gribble, Justin Leonard, Brandon Stone, and Jhonattan Vegas.
Spieth is the latest Texas ex to win the U.S. Open, doing so in 2015 at the ripe age of 21. That made him the youngest champion since 1923, a feat Scheffler could top on Sunday. This year’s Masters champion, Sergio Garcia, is set to marry a Texas ex. Scheffler can keep this year’s majors in the Texas family.
— USGA (@USGA) June 17, 2017
His birthday is coming up
Should Scheffler win, the Dallas native won’t be able to legally celebrate his victory with alcohol … until Wednesday. It’s hard to think of a better early birthday present than winning your first major.
This is his second U.S. Open
Scheffler got to Erin Hills via a sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio. He shot a two-round 136 and made birdie on the fourth playoff hole to grab one of 14 spots from the tournament. Last year at Oakmont, he shot 1 under par on Thursday before firing a second-round 78 to miss the cut. His sister has caddied for him at both tournaments.
He expected this
Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls caught up with Scheffler before this year’s Open, and he wasn’t shy when asked if he felt he could win the whole thing.
“I think so,” he said unapologetically Monday. “I don’t see why not.”
— Global Golf Post (@GlobalGolfPost) June 17, 2017
He’s dueling an Aggie
Texas and Texas A&M might not play in football anymore, but the rivalry is raging on the golf course this weekend. That’s because Scheffler’s main competition for low amateur is Aggies rising senior Cameron Champ, who is making his own headlines this week with his massive tee shots.
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