Scottie Scheffler: I won't blame Friday for my poor play on Sunday

Although not happy with the final day, the American is proud of how he handled this weekend.

by Sead Dedovic
Scottie Scheffler: I won't blame Friday for my poor play on Sunday
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Scottie Scheffler had a chaotic week behind him, considering all the events. After welcoming his son, Scheffler entered the PGA Championship ready, expecting a positive result. Many considered him the main favorite for victory, given his current form. However, Scheffler managed only to score a six-under 65, finishing T8. 

In a media interview, the 27-year-old reflected on his performance. Scheffler believes that "hectic" is the best way to describe everything that happened. He mentioned feeling tired but proud of himself and the tournament he played. Being in jail just a few hours before the first day of the tournament is certainly a tough situation that requires mental strength. Scheffler tried to quickly forget about everything and produce a positive result.

"I think 'hectic' would probably be a good description. Overall, right now, how I'm feeling, I'm fairly tired, definitely a lot more tired than I have been finishing some other tournaments. But I'm proud of today, how we went out there and fought. I got off to kind of a slow start and I was able to kind of get some momentum and post a good round and give myself some good momentum."- Scottie Scheffler said, as quoted by Golf Monthly.

Although not happy with the final day, the American is proud of how he handled this weekend. There was immense pressure on him before the start of yet another Major, and Scheffler knew he carried the weight of being a favorite. However, Scottie knows how to deal with pressure, but all the events surrounding the accident and his case were a distracting factor. 

He is grateful to the fans who passionately supported him from day one and provided him with the necessary encouragement. Without the support of the fans, Scheffler is aware that he wouldn't have achieved great results in his career. With his qualities, the 27-year-old has a legion of fans around the world who are ready to support him wherever he goes.

"Yesterday, obviously, was quite frustrating and a bit of a different day, but overall proud of how I fought this week. Was fortunate to be out here competing, doing what I love. Out on the golf course, the support this week that I got from the fans was tremendous. The support I got from the players and caddies and everybody inside the ropes was tremendous. So I'm very grateful to have the community that we have out here on the road and to have their support."- Scottie Scheffler continued.

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Golf fans immediately began speculating whether Scheffler would have achieved a better result had the incident not occurred on Friday. Some believe that Scheffler would probably have been at least among the top 3, but now it's too late to make any predictions or conclusions.

Scheffler explained on Sunday that it's hard to identify the exact impact of the incident. He attributed his performance mostly to having a bad day, emphasizing that when he competes, he focuses on posting a good score throughout the round. He admitted that he didn't feel like himself on Saturday, with his warm-up and usual distractions disrupted. However, he refused to blame his poor round just on these factors.

Scottie Scheffler doesn't want to make excuses 

Scheffler is known as a golfer who has never sought excuses but has always strived to become a better version of himself and advance in his career. The American doesn't want to blame anyone or focus too much on everything. His focus is already on the challenges that lie ahead in his career.

Despite being arrested on Friday morning, Scheffler still managed to play well. Throughout his career, he has learned to leave off-course distractions at home and maintain a quiet personal life, but this week was an exception. 

He clarified that he wouldn't attribute his poor performance on Saturday only to what happened on Friday; rather, he stressed that he simply had a bad day on the course and was proud of how he bounced back on Sunday.

Soon there will be new challenges for him, with the US Open starting next month. Scottie will likely be a main favorite in this tournament as well, and we expect nothing less from him than a fight until the last day. 

The 27-year-old wants to enter this tournament calmly, ready to conquer the competition and achieve a great result. This year's PGA Championship didn't start positively for him, so it was hard to expect to see the real Scottie Scheffler from the beginning.

Let's remind ourselves, the winner of this year's PGA Championship is Xander Schauffele, who succeeded in his goal and managed to clinch his first Major title in his career.

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