Scottie Scheffler PGA Championship 2023 Preview – Can He Win His Second Major This Week?

Scottie Scheffler PGA Championship 2023 Preview – Can He Win His Second Major This Week?
USA's Scottie Scheffler tees off the 1st during day four of The Open at the Old Course, St Andrews. Picture date: Sunday July 17, 2022. - Photo by Icon sport

After 18 months of sublime golf, it’s about time that people stopped saying that Scottie Scheffler is just on a hot run of form. The 26-year-old has proven now that this is just his base level and that spells danger for the rest of the PGA Tour because he hasn’t finished below 12th in any tournament over the six months.

Scheffler picked up his first major trophy last year at the Masters when he dominated the field from start to finish. In truth, he will be disappointed that he hasn’t added to that total in the four subsequent major tournaments he has played in but he will once again be feeling confident after a strong showing last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson when he finished in a tie for 5th.

As many top players will testify, it’s very easy to lose form in golf so Scheffler will be keen to strike while the iron is hot and add a couple more major trophies to his collection while everything is working perfectly for him. Can he do it this week at the PGA Championship? Let’s take a look.

Scottie Scheffler’s Form this Season

Scotie Scheffler has been in terrific form during the 2022/23 season and if it wasn’t for Jon Rahm being in the form of his life then the American would comfortably be ranked number one in the world. Scheffler has two wins to his name so far this season, with the first coming at the Phoenix Open in February and the second coming at the Players Championship in March.

The Players Championship is widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major on the calendar so for Scheffler to get that win under his belt would have filled with him immense confidence going into major season. At the Masters, he finished in a tie for tenth after struggling with his putter throughout the opening couple of days and hasn’t finished lower than 12th in any tournament since October.

Best result

Victory at the Players Championship in March.

Last result

Tied for the 5th at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scottie Scheffler’s PGA Championship Record

In three appearances at the PGA Championship, Scottie Scheffler has enjoyed two decent performances and one horror show. Last year, he shocked the golfing world when he missed the cut with a score of +6 after going into the tournament as the favourite following his victory at the Masters.

In the two years prior to that, Scheffler secured two top-ten finishes. In 2020, he finished in a tie for 4th on a score of -10, while in 2021 he finished in a tie for 8th on a score of -1. The 26-year-old may have suffered last year due to the fact he was entering the tournament as the Masters champion, something that Jon Rahm will have to contend with this year.

Odds on Scottie Scheffler to Win the PGA Championship

Although Jon Rahm is regarded by many as the hottest man in golf right now, Scottie Scheffler enters the PGA Championship as the joint favourite alongside the Spaniard and is well fancied. Scheffler’s game has been rock solid for so long that it just feels like a given that he will at least be in contention at some point over the weekend.

If you think that Scheffler is going to put the bad memories of last year behind him and win his second major trophy, and his first PGA Championship, this week then you can back him at 15/2. If you want to hedge your bets, then you can play safe and back him to finish inside the top ten at 11/8.

Who is Scheffler playing with at the PGA Championship?

In years gone by, the PGA Championship was held in August and was always the final major to be played each year. As a result, organisers would pair the three major champions of that year together over days one and two in a must-watch grouping. As the tournament is now played in May, this is no longer possible, however, organisers have still thrown up some fascinating groupings.

Across days one and two, Scheffler will be playing alongside Brooks Koepka and Gary Woodland in one of the most hotly anticipated groupings of the tournament. They will be teeing off early on Thursday and late on Friday.

First round tee time

  • 14:50 UK time

Second round tee time

  • 18:25 UK time

Scottie Scheffler Masters Prediction – top 5 finish

Scottie Scheffler’s game is so rock solid that we just aren’t even considering the possibility of him repeating last year’s performance and missing the cut. The 26-year-old feels like a banker for a top-ten finish but we think he will be bang in contention throughout and finish inside the top five. He has every chance of lifting the famous trophy on Sunday, but if he doesn’t, then he won’t be far behind at all.

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