Scottie Scheffler, 28th consecutive under par

On August 26, 2023, during the penultimate round of the Tour Championship, marking the conclusion of the PGA Tour season, Scottie Scheffler carded a 73, three over par at the East Lake Golf Club

by Andrea Gussoni
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Scottie Scheffler, 28th consecutive under par
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On August 26, 2023, during the penultimate round of the Tour Championship, marking the conclusion of the PGA Tour season, Scottie Scheffler carded a 73, three over par at the East Lake Golf Club. The following day, he signed for a 70, even par at the Atlanta course.

Since then, the world number one has won 28 consecutive rounds against the courses he has faced, a feat unmatched in PGA Tour history since records began in 1983. Neither Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, nor the previous record holder with 27, the surprising Akshay Bhatia, have managed to string together 28 consecutive under-par rounds.

Scheffler achieved this milestone on Thursday at home, during the first day of the Texas Children’s Houston Open, posting a -5 that puts him in second place, just one shot behind leaders Taylor Moore and Wilson Furr.

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All eyes in Houston are on the man of the moment, Scheffler, who arrives with two prestigious victories in his last two appearances (Arnold Palmer and The Players), now competing in a lesser event that returns to the calendar after a year of absence.

He has never won it (finishing second in 2021) and will finalize preparations in his home state for the Masters at Augusta, which begins in two weeks. In Houston, Scheffler aims to be the first golfer to win three consecutive times on the PGA Tour since Dustin Johnson in 2017, and his tournament start has been hardly improvable.

His opening round of 65, five under par at the Memorial Park Golf Course, was flawless, without a single bogey. The current form of the world number one can be explained by one fact: he has played 50 consecutive holes without a bogey (since the third day of The Players, on hole 5) and 201 without a double bogey (second round of the Genesis Invitational, hole 15).

Floating above Houston, Scheffler gained over two and a half strokes with his putter, the club that had been his Achilles' heel until this tremendous streak. He birdied nearly half of the greens in regulation he hit (5/11), solidifying his strong candidacy to contend for a third consecutive tournament victory.

Only two men were able to outshine Scheffler: Americans Taylor Moore and Wilson Furr, who both carded rounds of six under par. Both achieved this feat with five birdies, an eagle (Furr's was holed from about 100 meters), and a bogey.

The only Spaniard in contention, Jorge Campillo, had a mixed opening round, finishing with an even-par 70. Three bogeys and three birdies for the Caceres native, too erratic off the tee (6/12 fairways hit) and with 31 putts.

Despite this, Campillo is 54th, within the projected cut, and his goal on Friday will be to make his fourth weekend appearance in the five events he has played on the PGA Tour.

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