Sunday marked the significant conclusion of the business end of the final season of an era for the PGA TOUR. The wrap-around setup, which generated season statistics for the last decade, will bid adieu in 2024. The upcoming '24 schedule will feature Signature Events that will witness players vying for coveted spots in those fields during the events between.
The professional golfing landscape has undergone a transformation over the last two years. 2024 will mark a refreshed and intriguing landscape for the sport's peak performance.
Scottie Scheffler, results
The recently concluded season of 2022-23 generated a flurry of on-course accomplishments, captivating Sunday leaderboards, and intriguing finishes.
Here are the finest statistics from the PGA TOUR's best this year. Scottie Scheffler displayed an outstanding and dazzling ball-striking performance during the 2023 PGA TOUR season, making it one of the most complete seasons in history.
Scheffler closed the season with an adjusted scoring average of 68.63, the seventh-lowest in the TOUR's history and the best by anyone other than Tiger Woods. It is noteworthy that Woods holds all six ranking positions on the all-time list (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, and 2009).
Scheffler made bogey or worse on just 10.73% of holes played during the season, marking the first time since Woods in 2002 (10.29%) that a qualified player had fallen below 11%. Scottie Scheffler has had an outstanding season on the PGA TOUR.
His impressive Tee-to-Green average of 2.62 per round is the second-best ever recorded, with only Tiger Woods surpassing this in 2006 with an astonishing average of 2.98 per round. Additionally, Scheffler is the first player in the Strokes Gained era to finish a season leading in both SG: Off-the-Tee and SG: Approach.
Notably, with a Greens in Regulation percentage of 74.43%, Scheffler is the first player in over a decade to lead the PGA TOUR in this category for back-to-back seasons, a feat previously achieved by John Senden in 2009 and 2010.
In March, Scheffler claimed his first PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, making history by becoming the third player to hold both the Masters and PLAYERS titles simultaneously, alongside Woods and Jack Nicklaus. During the tournament, his exceptional ball-striking skills were on full display as he led the field in both Driving Distance and Greens in Regulation.
Winning six PGA TOUR events, Scottie's most recent triumph was at the 2022 WM Phoenix Open, only 392 days after his first TOUR title. Notably, this gap between wins one and six was the fourth-shortest of the last 60 years in the sport, with only Woods (273 days), Nicklaus (322), and David Duval (332) achieving shorter gaps between wins.
A testament to his consistent performance, Scheffler's 17 top-10 finishes in the 2022-23 season are the most by any player in a single PGA TOUR season since Vijay Singh had 18 back in 2005. Scheffler's success illustrates his skill, dedication and hard work, placing him amongst the top names on the Tour.