Scottie Scheffler Talks Fan Discontent, Tiger Woods' Impact, and Game Progress

“I think we're trying to do our best to create the best product for the fans, but we can't control whether or not guys want to leave."

by Sead Dedovic
Scottie Scheffler Talks Fan Discontent, Tiger Woods' Impact, and Game Progress
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According to many, Scottie Scheffler will be the main favorite to win The Players Championship. The 27-year-old American will try to defend the title in fierce competition.

 At the press conference before the start of this tournament, Scheffler spoke about various topics. 

Dissatisfaction with PGA Tour products can be felt among fans, who are frustrated by the happenings of recent years. Most put the accent on the game and the desire to watch the best golfers in the world again at tournaments like this one. 

Scottie Scheffler believes that the PGA Tour is not to blame for what is happening in the world of golf. This great golfer points out that the leaders of the PGA Tour tend to improve their product and do everything to improve golf as a sport at the same time. 

Scottie stresses that it is difficult to influence the decisions of individuals who have decided to leave the PGA Tour and join LIV Golf. I
If someone bases their decisions on money, then you really can't do anything about it. 

Scheffler does not seem to want to pay much attention to these individuals. For him, the most important thing is that the PGA Tour progresses and remains a Tour that everyone respects.

“I think we're trying to do our best to create the best product for the fans, but we can't control whether or not guys want to leave.

If guys want to go take the money and leave, then that's their decision. I'm not going to sit here and tell guys not to take hundreds of millions of dollars. If that's what they think is best for their life, then go do it. I'm not going to sit here and force guys to stay on our Tour. But at the end of the day, this is where I want to be, and we're continuing to grow what we're doing, and what they're doing is not really a concern to me.”- Scottie Scheffler said, as quoted by Irish Golfer

Scheffler believes that as much as the fans are frustrated, so are the players. In the past, they all played together, on one tour, and now many are not there. He emphasized again that the PGA Tour wants to create the best product for players and fans.

Scheffler will attempt a remarkable feat: He aims to become the first player in the 50-year history of this tournament to defend his title. Such an achievement is unprecedented, even for a player like Tiger Woods. Scheffler has chosen to comment specifically on Woods, whom he speaks of only in the highest regard. 

Scottie has no doubt that Woods is the greatest golfer he has ever watched. Scottie would love to compete against him, but Woods is currently not physically ready for a competition of this caliber. He will require an extensive period of recovery to perform at his best.

“I mean, he’s definitely the best player I’ve ever seen, and I think he’s the best player we’ve ever had. Anytime you can stand up there and walk alongside him and compete in the same golf tournament as him is really special."- Scheffler continued.

Scottie Scheffler on playing with Tiger Woods

Scheffler recalled the moments when he had the opportunity to play with Tiger. He was particularly emotional when he remembered the Masters a few years earlier. That's the day Woods made 10. Scheffler believes Tiger is significantly different from most golfers for many reasons. His composure, mentality and ability to get back into the game when many expect it to be over is impressive. 

Tiger Woods and Scottie Scheffler
Tiger Woods and Scottie Scheffler© Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Sport

Scheffler pointed out that his turnaround with three of the best iron shots he has ever seen is a special thing. He hopes that he will have the opportunity to see Woods at this tournament in the future.

Scottie also spoke about the problems he has been facing lately. He believes that the most important thing when you encounter problems is to train even harder and believe in your progress. However, things are not as simple as they seem. Scheffler points out that sometimes it is not the best thing to create huge pressure on yourself and strive for perfection. He now has completely different ways to improve his game.

It will be interesting to follow his performance at this competition. There are great expectations from him, given that he is the golfer who, according to many, is currently the best. The 27-year-old American will try to defend the title, aware that it is a difficult task, but not impossible.

A few more names stand out as favorites to win.

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