TULSA, Okla. — Scottie Scheffler is just not a “take a look at me’’ participant. He by no means comes off as a man eager for consideration or asking “What about me?’’
He appears somewhat content material doing his factor and going about it comparatively unnoticed. That’s a bit tougher for him to do lately because the reigning Masters champion.
Because the 104th PGA Championship begins Thursday at Southern Hills, Scheffler is among the favorites to win the Wannamaker Trophy. He has received 4 of his previous eight tournaments, and one of many occasions he didn’t win was a crew occasion. He’s ranked No. 1 on this planet.
But he hasn’t been strolling across the property this week performing like The Man.
Requested if he felt any in a different way this week, coming in as a serious champion and atop the world rankings, Scheffler stated: “No. Tiger’s here, so no person actually remembers that I’m right here, so it’s all good.’’
It’s precisely as Scheffler likes it.
“I don’t really feel any totally different,’’ he stated. “I don’t get any additional photographs this week. It’s good to have the rating, however on the finish of the day after I present up at a match, I don’t have any benefits over the sphere. It’s an incredible honor, however on the finish of the day after I present as much as a match, I’m beginning at even.’’
Scheffler’s rise to No. 1 has been meteoric. On Feb. 12, he was a very good PGA Tour participant who was nonetheless looking for his first win. On Feb. 13, he received the Waste Administration Phoenix Open.
On March 6, Scheffler, who grew up in North Jersey earlier than his household moved to the Dallas space, received the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
On March 27, he received the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play.
After which on April 10, he received the Masters.
If Scheffler occurs to win this week, inside a span of 100 days, he can have received 5 tournaments, together with two main championships.
These are the type of issues Woods was doing in his prime. They’re the type of issues that prompted Will Zalatoris, one among Scheffler’s shut buddies since enjoying junior golf with him, to lately name these accomplishments “Tigeresque.’’
When it was identified to Scheffler that he has an opportunity with a win this week to have won five times with two majors in the span of 98 days, he stated: “I don’t actually look too far into the long run, so I had probably not thought a lot about this week till I confirmed up right here.
“That’s type of stuff for y’all to jot down. I don’t actually get too excessive or too low. If y’all need to write up stuff and give you tales, that’s implausible. However for me … dwelling within the second is often what works greatest for me. I don’t need to get too excessive or get too low.
“So, when you guys are actually constructing me up, then I’ll not put together as onerous as a result of I present up being like, ‘I’m the man, I’m the person and nobody can contact me.’ That doesn’t work for me. And if I present up too low, you then guys are saying, ‘Oh, Scottie doesn’t have it, he’s not any good anymore,’ then I’m going to indicate up and perhaps I’m going to arrange too onerous and never get sufficient relaxation.
“So for me, type of staying in my very own lane and doing my very own factor is what works greatest.’’
Primarily based on the outcomes, Scheffler could be loopy to vary a factor.
Requested the place his Masters green jacket is that this week, Scheffler stated, “I believe in my closet at house … hopefully protected.’’
About the one factor that will make the low-key Scheffler recognizable this week could be if he had the inexperienced jacket with him in Tulsa and had been sporting it round city.