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Scottie Scheffler Vaults To World No. 1 Following WGC Match Play Win Over Kevin Kisner

Scheffler becomes the 25th golfer in the history of the PGA Tour to reach No. 1 in the world.

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After a 4 & 3 victory over Kevin Kisner in the championship of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, 25-year-old Scottie Scheffler became the new No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Rankings on Sunday afternoon. Scheffler is the sixth-youngest player to debut as the No. 1-ranked golfer since the ranking began in 1986.

With three victories now in his last five starts, it’s rather hard to believe that Scheffler entered 2022 without a PGA Tour win. Scheffler earned his first Tour victory back in February at the Phoenix Open and followed that up by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational less than a month after.

Now, Scheffler — a Texas native — has climbed to the top of the mountain after his win at Austin Country Club. With his wife and family on hand this weekend, Scheffler was understandably overcome with tears of joy once the tournament concluded.

“I’ll believe it when I see it on the world rankings tomorrow,” an emotional Scheffler told NBC during the trophy presentation. “I never really got that far in my dreams, to be honest with you. I love playing golf, I love competing, and I’m just happy to be out here.”

Among the 24 previous players to be ranked No. 1 in the world, none of them escalated to the top as rapidly as Scheffler has. Not even Tiger Woods, who Scheffler bested by 210 days between his first PGA Tour win and becoming the world No. 1.

“Pretty cool to do that in front of my family,” Scheffler added. “They’ve supported me so much along the way. I really don’t know what to say about that… I don’t feel like the No. 1 in the world. I feel like the same guy I was four months ago, and I hope that doesn’t change.”

While coming away victorious is rather new for Scheffler, he is still playing like the same guy from four months ago and beyond. Since stepping onto the PGA Tour full-time in 2019-20, Scheffler has consistently showcased his high-end talent. The former Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year finished tied for fourth at the 2020 PGA Championship — and has now racked up six consecutive top-20 finishes in major tournaments. Scheffler also flashed his insane skill-set back in August 2020 by shooting a 12-under 59 at The Northern Trust, marking the 12th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history.

Sure, winning a PGA Tour event is a completely different ballgame, but Scheffler’s rise to the top should not come as much of a surprise. Reaching No. 1 in the world merely felt like only a matter of time.

Not only did Scheffler leap Jon Rahm in the OWGR, but he also took home a cool $2.1 million for the victory. Scheffler has now amassed $5,736,000 during this five-event span, nearly doubling his career earnings.

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