2024 The Players Championship Recap


Scottie Scheffler Goes Back-to-Back at the Players

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Scottie Scheffler (-20) caught fire on Sunday with a round of 64 to vault himself to the top of the leaderboard and become the first player in history to repeat as champion of the Players Championship.  The 50th edition of the PGA Tour’s crown jewel tournament did not disappoint, coming down to the wire on Sunday.

With Scheffler charging from five shots back of leader Xander Schauffele going into the final round, there were four different players in the mix up until the last hole.  Schauffele, needing a birdie on 18 to force a playoff, couldn’t get it done.  Wyndham Clark found himself in the exact same position.  Playing in the final group with Schauffele, Clark had a much more hole-able uphill putt to get himself to -20 but his attempt horseshoed dramatically and he had to settle for par and a tie for second.

Also tying for second at -19 alongside Clark and Schauffele was last year’s Open Champion Brian Harman.  Finishing behind them was Matt Fitzpatrick in solo fifth at -16 and Si Woo Kim and Hideki Matsuyama T6 at -15.

The win underlines Scheffler’s dominance as the number one player in the world.  Notably, he recently switched to a mallet putter after struggling dramatically with his putting.  While he wasn’t quite at his best this week and was reportedly dealing with some discomfort in his neck, he showed that his B+ game is enough to beat the best fields on the PGA Tour.

Other players who had notable finishes included Ludvig Aberg (8th, -14), the number 10 ranked player in the world, who has experienced a meteoric rise in the past year, all before he’s even taken part in a major championship; Sahith Theegala (T9, -13), one of the game’s more exciting young players; and Maverick McNealy (also T9, -13) who has overcome injuries to recently regain his best form.

Not all of the Tour’s top stars made it to the weekend, however.  Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and Will Zalatoris all failed to make the cut.

Next week, the PGA Tour stays in Florida for the Valspar Championship.  Taylor Moore is the defending champion there and will compete against a field that includes the likes of Sam Burns, Tony Finau, Brian Harman, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas.

Scottie Scheffler What’s In The Bag

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