After a holiday hiatus, the PGA Tour is back this week in Hawaii and the boys are bringing some jokes to the island.
On the Tuesday before the 2023 Tournament of Champions, Jon Rahm made a rant about how stressful the Masters Champions dinner was because there were a few guys who jumped from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf. Scotty Scheffler, the defending champion at Augusta National, joined the fun during his press Wednesday in Kapalua with a story about seeing two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson while on vacation in Tennessee last year.
“I haven’t seen too many LIV guys. I saw (Bubba Watson) on vacation this year and I told him I’d get him a separate table in the corner by himself,” Scheffler said with a big laugh.
His roster is still being made for the annual gathering that could include up to six LIV players this spring: Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzl, and Phil Mickelson.
Scheffler believes players will be able to put aside their animosities for a few weeks out of the year, especially in a place steeped in history like Augusta National.
“I think things just take time, things will heal and we’ll see what happens,” Scheffler continued, noting how golf will inevitably move. “All of this stuff isn’t really for me. I can just show up and try to play good golf. I’m not going to LIV anytime soon, so I don’t care at the moment.”
Texas returns to PGA Tour action this week with his fourth start of the 2022-23 season. Scheffler posted two top 10 finishes in his third fall at the World Wide Technology Championships in Mayakoba (T-3) and the Cadence Bank Houston Open (T-9). He also finished as runner-up in Tiger Woods’ unofficial event in the Bahamas, the World Champion Challenge.
Last year, Scheffler captured all four of his PGA Tour titles over six tours starting with the WM Phoenix Open in February through to the Masters in April. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championships between them and finished 25th out of 16 out of 20 starts in 2022, including three runner-up finishes at the Charles Schwab Challenge, the US Open and Tour Championships. Scheffler rose to number one in the world and held the title for 30 weeks from March 27 to October. 22. His $14,046,910 in official prize money set a PGA Tour record for a single season and totaled over $24,796,910 including bonuses.
Despite his successful season, Scheffler has noted how his rapid rise has not earned him the respect that comes with being named FIFA World Player of the Year compared to other players who have reached the top spot. As for.
“Successful weeks for me look a little different. If I can show up and have a great attitude and am committed to my shot and golf the right way, then that is a good week for me. Being caught up in the hype of who is the best player is not going to help me achieve success and handle things the right way.” .