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Pro golf week ahead: World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler has dominated Tour’s Signature Events

By admin Jul2,2024

Scottie Scheffler has dominated the PGA Tour’s Signature Events this season and he’s got one more to add to the burgeoning amount of FedEx Cup points and earnings the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer has racked up.

Scheffler leads the field for this week’s Travelers Championship, the eighth and final signature event of the 2024 season. He’s coming off his worst finish of the season with a tie for 41st at Pinehurst, Scheffler’s first finish outside the top 20 this season. It also snapped a streak of 11 top-10 finishes, which included his five victories.

Scottie Scheffler watches a shot at the 17th hole of the Pinehurst No. 2 course during last week's U.S. Open. He had his worst finish of the season with a tie for 41st.Scottie Scheffler watches a shot at the 17th hole of the Pinehurst No. 2 course during last week's U.S. Open. He had his worst finish of the season with a tie for 41st.

Scottie Scheffler watches a shot at the 17th hole of the Pinehurst No. 2 course during last week’s U.S. Open. He had his worst finish of the season with a tie for 41st.

Scheffler’s biggest triumphs this season have been The Masters and The Players Championship. But he’s also taken the Tour’s new Signature Series by storm:

  • Scheffler has finished among the top 10 in all six of his Signature Event starts this season (he missed only the Wells Fargo Championship for the birth of his son) and has been among the top five in four of them. He won three, The Memorial, the RBC Heritage and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

  • Scheffler has piled up more than half of his FedEx Cup points (54 percent of his total of 5,068) and more than half of his earnings (55 percent of his $24,096,858) in the Signature Events. He’s got huge leads in both categories.

  • He has shot over-par in only one of 23 rounds, has a scoring average of 68.0 and is a cumulative 88 under par.

  • Scheffler has never won The Travelers but he’s posted good finishes in his last two starts, tying for fourth last year and for 13th in 2022.

Elsewhere this week, Bryson DeChambeau will take the momentum of winning the U.S. Open to LIV Golf Nashville, the LPGA goes to the Pacific Northwest for its next major championship, the PGA Tour Champions heads for a venue familiar to many of the players and the Korn Ferry Tour stays in the Midwest.

PGA Tour: Signature Event finale in Connecticut

Event: The Travelers Championship, Thursday-Sunday, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

What’s the purse? $20 million ($4 million and 700 FedEx Cup points to the winner).

Who won last year? Keegan Bradley opened with rounds of 62-63 and beat Zac Blair and Brian Harman by three shots.

How to watch on TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m.); CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Area players entered: Harris English, Ben Griffin, Brian Harman, Billy Horschel, J.T. Poston.

Notable: U.S. Open runner-up Rory McIlroy withdrew on Monday but it’s still a stacked field that also includes Open contenders Patrick Cantlay, Ludvig Aberg and Tony Finau, PGA champion Xander Schauffele and two-time major champion Collin Morikawa. … The other Signature Event winners this season who are in the field this week are Chris Kirk (The Sentry), Wyndham Clark (Pebble Beach) and Hideki Matsuyama (The Genesis). … The Tour goes to Detroit next week for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

LIV Golf League: Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers in team lead

Event: LIV Golf Nashville, Friday-Sunday, The Grove, College Grove, Tenn.

What’s the purse? $25 million ($4 million to the winner).

Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Open last week. He's still looking for his first LIV Golf victory of the season.Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Open last week. He's still looking for his first LIV Golf victory of the season.

Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Open last week. He’s still looking for his first LIV Golf victory of the season.

Who won last year? First-year event.

How to watch on TV: CW (Saturday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

Area players entered: Cameron Smith.

Notable: DeChambeau is looking for his first LIV victory of the season. His best finish is a solo fourth at Jeddah. … DeChambeau is the captain of the Crushers, which include Charles Howell III, Paul Casey and Anirbarn Lahiri, lead the team standings with 113.5 points. Jon Rahm’s Legion XIII is second with 96 points.

LPGA Tour: Going from coast to coast

Event: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Sahalee Golf Club, Sammamish, Wash.

What’s the purse? $10 million ($1.5 million to the winner).

Who won last year? Ruoning Yin birdied the final hole on a 15-foot putt to beat Yuka Saso by one shot at Baltusrol.

Ruoning Yin of China won the KPMG Women's PGA last year at Baltusrol.Ruoning Yin of China won the KPMG Women's PGA last year at Baltusrol.

Ruoning Yin of China won the KPMG Women’s PGA last year at Baltusrol.

How to watch on TV: Peacock (Thursday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, 1-3 p.m.; Sunday, 12-3 p.m.); Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 6-8 p.m.); NBC (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-7 p.m.).

Area players entered: Jennifer Borocz, Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth, Auston Kim.

Notable: Borocz and Connelly-Eiswerth are in the field by finishing among the top eight in the LPGA Club Pro Championship. Borocz is the former golf coach at Jacksonville University and Connelly-Eiswerth teaches at San Jose. … Nelly Korda, Lilia Vu, Allisen Corpuz, Celine Boutier, Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson head the field.

PGA Tour Champions: Harrington had a hot final round

Event: Dick’s Open, Friday-Sunday, En-Joie Country Club, Endicott, N.Y.

What’s the purse? $2.1 million ($315,000 to the winner).

Who won last year? Padraig Harrington shot 63 in the final round and beat Joe Durant by one shot.

How to watch on TV: Golf Channel (Friday, 12-2 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Area players entered: David Duval, Fred Funk, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh.

Notable: En-Joie was the site of the PGA Tour’s B.C. Open from 1976-2006. Winners of that tournament who are in the field this week are Funk, John Daly, Jay Haas and Jeff Sluman. … Duval has tied for 14th and for third in his last two starts, moving up to 47th on the Charles Schwab Cup points list.

Korn Ferry Tour: John Daly II makes his debut

Event: Compliance Solutions Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, Norman, Okla.

What’s the purse? $1 million ($180,000 to the winner).

Who won last year? Jimmy Stanger, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident, shot 67 or lower in all four rounds and beat Rafael Campos by one shot.

How to watch on TV: The event is not being televised.

Area players entered: Dawson Armstrong, Fred Biondi, Cody Blick, Dillon Board, Jonathan Byrd, Ricky Castillo, Brett Drewitt, Nick Gabrelcik, Joey Garber, Tano Goya, Philip Knowles, Russell Knox, Doc Redman, Julia Suri, Danny Walker, Thomas Walsh, Tim Wilkinson.

Notable: The event is being played at the University of Oklahoma’s home course. … Board, a Baldwin High graduate, has made four of his last six cuts and has shot in the 60s in his last eight rounds. … John Daly II, a rising junior at Arkansas, is playing on a sponsor exemption.

What are the (golf) odds?

Travelers Championship: Scheffler is +375 by Hard Rock Bet, with Schaffele next at +750. Morikawa is +1200, Aberg +1500 and Hovland +2000.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Pro golf week ahead: Who’s playing, how to watch, what are the odds?

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