Scheffler sounds off on Ryder Cup picks, 'doesn't care' about being World No. 1

Scottie Scheffler says he doesn't care about becoming world number one again. Here's why. 

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Mon, 22 May 2023
Scheffler sounds off on Ryder Cup picks, 'doesn't care' about being World No. 1

Scottie Scheffler is not usually one you would associate with going on a bit of a rant. 

But that's exactly what he did (sorta) after the conclusion of the PGA Championship in which Brooks Koepka put to bed the demons of choking at the 87th Masters and giving LIV Golf a welcome credibility boost. 

This news has sort of gone under the radar, but 26-year-old Scheffler has moved back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking after his T-2 finish at Oak Hill thanks to a lacklustre display from Jon Rahm

Perhaps there's something in the water in New York as Rahm was particularly frustrated (even more so than usual) at times during the second major championship of 2023.

Rahm was particularly unhappy with this cameraman. Rahm also smashed a microphone after he shanked a short chip shot. 

So how does Scheffler feel about becoming the world number one again?

"That's great. I mean, it's just an algorithm. It's nice, but I really don't care," Scheffler said with a laugh. 

He added: 

"I don't play for world ranking. I play to come out here and compete. Right now I'm a little sad that I wasn't able to get the tournament done, but I'm proud of how I fought, I'm proud of how I played the back nine today to give myself a chance. I got beat by somebody that played better this week, and tip of the cap to Brooks. Yeah, it's just how it goes."

Scheffler was also asked about the possibility of a non-PGA Tour member teeing it up for the U.S. side in Rome this September. 

Despite Koepka appearing to be an absolute lock at this point after his Masters performance, LIV Golf win and major triumph, U.S. captain Zach Johnson still thinks it's too premature to have that conversation. 

"Frankly, [it's] irresponsible, to even have any opinion about that," said Johnson.

"Given where we're at right now, if you go back in history, there's names right now probably on both tours that we're not even mentioning that could have a chance."

Scheffler said of this: 

"I want to win the Ryder Cup. I don't care about tours or anything like that. I want to win the Ryder Cup. It's something we talked about last year when we finished, or I guess a year and a half ago now. We want to beat those guys in Europe. It's been a long time since we've beat them. Whoever the best 12 guys that make a complete team, it's different than individual tournaments. We want a team of guys that are going over there together to bring the Cup back home, and that's all I really care about."

Fair enough, Scottie!

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