Scottie Scheffler asserts law of the strongest

The Law of the Strongest. Scottie Scheffler asserts his dominance from the top of the rankings, delivering a monstrous performance to claim the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational

by Andrea Gussoni
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Scottie Scheffler asserts law of the strongest
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The Law of the Strongest. Scottie Scheffler asserts his dominance from the top of the rankings, delivering a monstrous performance to claim the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational. He sends a clear message to all his rivals that they will have to work hard to beat him.

For the native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, it's his second victory at Bay Hill in three years (his seventh on the PGA Tour in his career, with his first $4 million paycheck), confirming a course that seems tailor-made for his skills.

With an overall score of -15, and after three days of close competition at the top, the American now leaves his nearest pursuer five strokes behind.

Scottie Scheffler, results

Scheffler has become what he is thanks to his long game, his tee-to-green prowess.

However, today he demolishes the rest of the field with his putting, the aspect of his game that had held him back in the past year. Scottie starts strong, with two birdies in the opening nine allowing him to build a three-shot cushion over his chasers.

After the turn, he elevates his game even further, notching four more birdies to finish with a round of 66 (-6), clearly the best score of the final day in Florida. The world number one OWGR champion wins by five strokes, the largest margin at Bay Hill since Tiger Woods in 2012.

The 1996-born player was simply flawless with the putter, not missing a single putt within four meters throughout the weekend. Scheffler returns to winning ways a week before The Players Championship, a tournament he currently holds, and which until today corresponded to his last official victory on the PGA Tour.

Wyndham Clark settles for second place at -10. The winner of the last US Open managed to keep up with his compatriot for the first part of the round, but a bogey on the 9th halted his progress. Clark failed to gain another shot until the 16th, where he birdied again, closing out Sunday with a score of 70.

Shane Lowry takes sole possession of third place at -9, marking his second consecutive week leading for the first three rounds and then falling short on Sunday. The Irishman lost his chance early on with three bogeys in his opening 18 holes, but managed to find three birdies in the rest of his round, finishing his final 18 holes at even par for a valuable third place.

An American duo ties for fourth place at -7 overall, consisting of Russell Henley and Will Zalatoris, both of whom, like Lowry, shot a 72 today. Zalatoris may have some regrets about the conclusion of his third round, but thanks to this result, he earns a spot for The Open.

Another all-American duo ties for eighth place at -5: Sahith Theegala and Brendon Todd. Rounding out the top-10 on the stunning Bay Hill course are South Korean Byeong Hun An, Argentine Emiliano Grillo, and Americans Max Homa and Andrew Putnam.

They all finish with a score of -4, a highly prestigious result to add to their resumes. Next week, the PGA Tour heads to TPC Sawgrass for one of the most anticipated events of the year.

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