Does Scottie Scheffler's season deserve an asterisk?


Keyur Khamar

You, quite literally, cannot take away any of Scottie Scheffler's six PGA Tour victories this season, including two monsters in the Masters and the Players Championship. As the great Bill Parcells one told the New York Giants after one of their two Super Bowl wins, nobody can ever tell ya that you couldn't do it, because ya did it.

But—and this is a rather large BUT—is Scheffler's season worthy of an asterisk? Maybe just a little tiny one? It's a debate that has begun to pick up some steam following his latest victory at the Travelers Championship, where Scheffler's latest dub saw his on-course earnings reach $27.6 million on Sunday. Sheesh. 

Looking at Scheffler's numbers, it's undeniable that he's having an all-time, Tiger-esque season. But he's doing so without having to face a few of the world's best like Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka on a consistent basis. Even at the Players Championship, the PGA Tour's marquee event, all three were absent due to their status on LIV. 

Then there's the fact that a number of the tour's "stars" like Jordan Spieth, Viktor Hovland, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler have hardly threatened Scheffler's status as World No. 1. There have been some legitimate challengers like Wyndham Clark, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele, though none of them have been nearly as consistent as Scheffler, which he should be commended for. 

You could really go either way, which is what makes it an interesting debate at the perfect time in the golf season, with Scheffler taking the next three weeks off to prepare for the Open Championship at Royal Troon. We discussed the topic on this week's episode of The Loop podcast, among many other topics like Jon Rahm's hatred of drones, Cameron Young's supposedly "meaningless" 59 and Amy Yang's breakthrough win at Sahalee. Please, have a listen below, and like and subscribe to The Loop wherever you get your podcasts.