Scottie Scheffler continues Masters build-up with hat-trick bid in Houston – Golf Information

By Phil Casey

Former champion Scottie Scheffler could have one eye on his Masters preparations as he bids to grow to be the primary participant to win on three consecutive begins since 2017.

Scheffler adopted his five-shot victory within the Arnold Palmer Invitational by changing into the primary participant ever to efficiently defend the Gamers Championship because of a closing 64 at Sawgrass.

The final participant to win three consecutive begins on the PGA Tour was Dustin Johnson, though Scheffler will hope the similarities will finish there if he can triumph within the Texas Kids’s Houston Open.

After successful the Genesis Invitational, WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play seven years in the past, Johnson was a scorching favorite for the upcoming Masters however injured his again in a fall at his rental residence in Augusta and was pressured to withdraw from the yr’s first main.

Scottie Scheffler

“I don’t actually assume a lot about that form of stuff,” Scheffler informed a press convention when requested about his potential hat-trick.

“I had an excellent relaxation week at residence final week. I used to be fairly worn out after Bay Hill and the Gamers so it was good to get residence and simply calm down. I didn’t do practically as a lot observe as I sometimes would have within the final week, so coming in shaking off somewhat little bit of rust the final couple days.

“However my recreation feels prefer it’s in a great spot, so I really feel rested and able to go this week.

“The previous couple of years enjoying round this place there was an enormous premium on driving accuracy, which I feel for an extended golf course like this was actually good.

“This yr it’s a bit totally different with the overseed, they actually didn’t put in a lot tough in any respect, which is a bit totally different. I feel they’re most likely attempting to make it like Augusta so I suppose that’s an excellent factor for prep work.”

Scheffler gained his sole main title so far within the 2022 Masters, having already tasted victory thrice that season earlier than taking per week off forward of the journey to Augusta.

The world primary will undertake an analogous method once more this yr whereas the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth have opted to contest subsequent week’s Valero Texas Open as an alternative.

“I keep in mind the yr I gained the Masters I gained the Match Play and the yr earlier than that I had performed nicely within the Match Play, made it to the finals,” Scheffler added.

“I ended up dropping to Billy [Horschel] within the finals that week. Then I performed San Antonio and I confirmed as much as the Masters and I used to be fully whipped nonetheless.

“The following yr, in 2022, I used to be nonetheless scheduled to play Austin, San Antonio and the Masters and after making it to the finals of Match Play once more that yr, I didn’t wish to go into the Masters drained like I had the yr earlier than.

“So I suppose you can say it labored. I don’t actually know if that’s essentially the key sauce, nevertheless it was positively good being rested going into the Masters [in 2022] so I’ve taken the identical method within the final couple years.”

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