World No.1 Scheffler cards 64 in PGA practice round

He’s the number one player in the world and now a Masters champion but Scottie Scheffler wants more.

The FedExCup leader after winning four of his last seven starts, flew into Tulsa, Oklahoma this week for a practice round at the site of next month’s PGA Championship, the Southern Hills Country Club.

Scott Scheffler Scheffler won his first major at the Masters in April (Credit: PGA Tour)

The Texan is no stranger to the course having won the Big 12 Conference Championship in 2015 as a member of the University of Texas team later being named 2015 Phil Mickelson “Freshman of the Year”. However, like Tiger Woods, who last won here in 2007, Scheffler needed a refresher course following $18 million worth of renovations by Gil Hanse in 2018.

The good news for Scheffler fans is that he shot the lights out with a 64, the bad news for his fellow competitors is that Southern Hills assistant pro Cameron Chhim, who played caddie for the day, said it was “easy’.

“He played one ball the entire time, no practice putts, and made it look easy,” Chhim told local website Golf Oklahoma.

“He’s No. 1 in the world and it was pretty easy to see why. It would be hard to say that he’s not going to win [the PGA] or at least be in contention. He hits it far enough and he has just incredible distance control with his irons.”

If Scheffler pulls off the unthinkable and wins the year’s opening majors, he will join fellow University of Texas alumnus, Jordan Spieth, who did exactly that back in 2015 with the Masters and US Open. The PGA Championship at that time was played later in the year.

Scheffler makes his first return to the PGA Tour in almost a month at next week’s AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas.