PGA Tour, Davis Riley beats Scheffler in Texas

At the age of 27 years, 5 months, and 9 days, and in his 90th start on the circuit, Riley dominated the competition

by Andrea Gussoni
PGA Tour, Davis Riley beats Scheffler in Texas
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Davis Riley achieved a significant milestone in his golf career by clinching his second PGA Tour title at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas, where he beat the world number one, Scottie Scheffler. The 27-year-old American triumphed at Fort Worth with a score of 266 (66 64 66 70, -14) strokes, comfortably surpassing his compatriots Scheffler and Keegan Bradley, who finished tied for second with 271 (-9) strokes, ahead of Californian Collin Morikawa, who finished fourth with 272 (-8).

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On the Colonial Country Club course (par 70), Scheffler struggled early on, starting the tournament in 79th place after the first round and climbing to 15th place halfway through the event before ultimately finishing in second after the "moving day." However, his efforts weren't enough to secure victory over Riley.

At the age of 27 years, 5 months, and 9 days, and in his 90th start on the circuit, Riley dominated the competition. His victory earned him $1,638,000 out of a total prize pool of $9,000,000 and propelled him from 250th to 78th position in the world rankings.

This impressive performance solidified Riley's status as a rising star in professional golf. Davis Riley's journey from an accomplished amateur golfer to a rising star on the PGA Tour has been marked by significant achievements and notable performances.

Born on December 17, 1996, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Riley began making a name for himself early on in his golfing career. While attending Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg, he dominated the Mississippi state title, winning it four consecutive years.

His talent and success on the junior circuit earned him recognition as the All-USA Boys Golf Player of the Year by USA Today in 2015. Notably, Riley reached the final of the U.S. Junior Amateur championship two years in a row, a feat shared only by golfing legends Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.

In 2013, he displayed sportsmanship by calling a penalty on himself on the final hole, ultimately losing to Scottie Scheffler. Riley also represented the American team at the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup, contributing to their victory over the European team.

Continuing his golfing journey at the collegiate level, Riley enrolled at the University of Alabama in 2015. He quickly made his mark as one of the top collegiate players, earning Second Team All-SEC honors as a sophomore and being ranked as the best collegiate player in the country going into his junior year.

Riley's success extended to international competition when he participated in the Palmer Cup in 2018, contributing to the American team's victory over the International team. In 2019, Riley transitioned to the professional ranks and joined the Korn Ferry Tour.

His breakthrough came in 2020 when he secured his first Korn Ferry Tour title at the Panama Championship in February, followed by another win at the TPC San Antonio Championship in July. His consistent performances throughout the 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour season earned him a PGA Tour card by finishing ninth on the points list.

Riley continued to make an impact on the PGA Tour, highlighted by his notable performances at the Valspar Championship in March 2022, where he finished as the runner-up, and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April 2023, where he earned his first PGA Tour title alongside partner Nick Hardy.

In May 2024, Riley secured his first individual victory on the PGA Tour by winning the Charles Schwab Challenge. With a promising career ahead of him, Davis Riley's journey from a standout amateur to a professional golfer on the PGA Tour is a testament to his talent, perseverance, and dedication to the sport.

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