Has Scheffler Spoiled A Triple Victory Treat In Houston By Shaving Off His Beard?

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler has returned to his beloved Texas having won back-to-back titles on the Florida east coast.

He captured the Arnold Palmer Invitational and last fortnight’s Players Championship by sporting a pretty thick and unruly-looking beard.

However, he says he’s grown tired of the beard and tees-up in this week’s Texas Children’s Houson Open clean-shaven as he seeks to become the first PGA Tour player since Dustin Johnson in 2017 to win three events in succession.

Since winning at Tour HQ, Scheffler’s been at home relaxing with family and friends for most of last week, back home in Dallas, before making the 240-mile trip southbound to chase his third straight victory.

However before making his way to Houston and America’s fourth largest city Scheffler visited a local Dallas barber and with many taking to social media declaring ‘there goes any chance of making it three wins in succession.

“My beard got so long that it became work”, he said.  “Last week I got a haircut and I was thinking about trying to trim it and I didn’t really know how, so I just shaved it.”

Scheffler has now won 11 times in this pro career with eight of those on the PGA Tour along with two on the secondary Korn Ferry Tour while late last year he captured the 2023 Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

His Bahamas win was a first anywhere outside of the US.

It may seem the secret sauce in Scheffler’s winning way could be the intangibles in his life.
He doesn’t make any moment bigger than it is, fueled by a grounded perspective. His three sisters and wife Meredith are among those who keep his ego in check; he joked at The Players that Meredith would “smack me on the side of the head” if he started parading his trophies around the house.

Five years ago, Scheffler accepted 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year honors in a press conference at the Texas Children’s Houston Open (then contested in October), after a season that included 10 top-10s in 20 starts, including two victories. Earlier that fall, he was asked a simple yet profound question at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship: What’s the best part of life?

“Life’s important to spend it with people that you enjoy,” he said at the time. “If you don’t have a few quality close friends, I don’t really think whatever you’re doing is worth it, because you want to be able to enjoy it with somebody.”

Scheffler was also asked ahead of this week’s event if that sentiment remained true, amidst the professional success that has led him to eight TOUR titles and the No. 1 spot (comfortably) on the Official World Golf Ranking.

“I definitely stand by that statement,” Scheffler said Wednesday. “It’s funny, it seems like you think my life would have changed a lot, but it really only has changed out here … It’s really special to be able to go home and celebrate with friends. Winning is fun, but it only lasts a few seconds or a few minutes …

“But when you get home and you get to celebrate with people and those that we’re closest to, those really are the most special times.”

“Special” is also an operative word when it comes to his game. As a TOUR rookie, Scheffler shot 59 at TPC Boston in the 2020 FedExCup Playoffs – the first Scheffler experience for Tony Finau. “I knew he was special from that moment on,” Finau said this week.

 



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