Phoenix, Scottie Scheffler's chasing three-peat

At the Phoenix Open, Scottie Scheffler aims to reaffirm his world leadership in golf and become the first player since 2009-2011 (Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic) to win a PGA Tour tournament three consecutive times.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Phoenix, Scottie Scheffler's chasing three-peat
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At the Phoenix Open, Scottie Scheffler aims to reaffirm his world leadership in golf and become the first player since 2009-2011 (Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic) to win a PGA Tour tournament three consecutive times.

The number 1 in the world ranking is among the favorites of one of the most anticipated tournaments on the American men's circuit, which will take place from tomorrow to February 11th in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scottie Scheffler, schedule

The TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course) is expected to be packed, as is tradition.

Scheffler, a 27-year-old from Ridgewood, dreams of emulating a legend like Arnold Palmer, the only one capable of winning the Phoenix Open three consecutive times (1961-1963). There is great curiosity about the spectacle that the public will reserve for the 16th hole (par 3), renamed "The Coliseum", where in 2015 Francesco Molinari achieved a "hole in one", 18 years after Tiger Woods (by the way, the champion Californian is preparing to return to the field from 15 to 18 February at the Genesis Invitational in California).

In the race, together with Scheffler, there will be eight other players among the top twenty players in the world. From Wyndham Clark (sixth), fresh from his exploit in the AT&T Pebble-Beach, an event reduced from 72 to 54 holes due to bad weather, to Max Homa (eighth), from Matt Fitzpatrick (ninth) to Brian Harman (tenth).

Also among the favorites are Jordan Spieth (sixteenth), Tom Kim (seventeenth), Justin Thomas (nineteenth) and Sam Burns (twentieth). However, prominent players such as Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (second), Viktor Hovland (fourth, whose removal from the pitch caused an uproar in the United States, with the Arab Super League putting pressure on the Norwegian) and California's Xander Schauffele will be missing.

(fifth), gold medal at the Tokyo Games. The event will offer $8,800,000 up for grabs, up from $20,000,000 in 2023, and the winner will take home $1,584,000. Scheffler is married to Meredith Scheffler (née Scudder). They met in high school and married in 2020.

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