One Day Later, Scottie Scheffler Shoots 73: 'Definitely Didn't Feel Like Myself'

The world No. 1 admitted he didn't feel the same after Friday's arrest and emotional day, and Saturday shot his first over-par round all year.
Scottie Scheffler shot a 2-over 73 to fall out of contention Saturday at the PGA.
Scottie Scheffler shot a 2-over 73 to fall out of contention Saturday at the PGA. / Matt Stone-USA TODAY Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A day after, it finally hit him.

After somehow gathering himself Friday following a tumultuous morning that saw him arrested, charged with a felony, booked into a local jail and then released in time to play the second round of the PGA Championship, Scottie Scheffler was unable to find the same energy Saturday.

The reigning Masters champion failed to shoot par or better for the first time this year, finishing with a 73 to fall into a tie for 24th at Valhalla Golf Club.

“I definitely didn’t feel like myself for sure,” Scheffler told CBS after his highest score since the Tour Championship last August. “Yesterday happened and didn’t feel the same. This morning was definitely not my usual routine for a round.”

The score broke Scheffler’s streak of 42 consecutive rounds of par or better that dated to the third round of the Tour Championship in August. He came up 10 rounds short of Tiger Woods’s record of 52 set in 2000-01 and fell out of contention for a second straight major title.

Scheffler shot 73 at East Lake Golf Club, which was 3 over par. His score of 73 at Valhalla was 2 over and included a double bogey-bogey-bogey stretch from the 2nd through 4th holes.

He did make five birdies on the round but also had five bogeys and the double.

“It was a tough day,” he said. “I got off to a tough start. Battled as hard as I could. But every time I would make a birdie, would bogey the next hole. I made too many mistakes today. I’m frustrated. But I will come back tomorrow.”


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Bob Harig

BOB HARIG

Bob Harig is a senior golf writer for Sports Illustrated. He has more than 25 years experience covering golf, including 15 at ESPN. Bob is a regular guest on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and has written two books, DRIVE: The Lasting Legacy of Tiger Woods and Tiger and Phil: Golf's Most Fascinating Rivalry. He graduated from Indiana University where he earned an Evans Scholarship, named in honor of the great amateur golfer Charles (Chick) Evans Jr. Bob, a former president of the Golf Writers Association of America, lives in Clearwater, Florida.