Scheffler has one word for his putting as he chases PGA Tour history in Phoenix

Scottie Scheffler feels ready to roll as he goes in search of PGA Tour history at WM Phoenix Open. 

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Thu, 8 Feb 2024
Scheffler has one word for his putting as he chases PGA Tour history in Phoenix

Scottie Scheffler might still be struggling for form on the greens but he admits his putter is feeling "good" as he goes in search of WM Phoenix Open history on the PGA Tour this week.

Scheffler, 27, has incredibly found 90% of the greens in regulation in the early part of the 2024 PGA Tour season.

But the World No.1 has continued to struggle on the greens with a -0.294 strokes-gained putting stat that sees him rank 117th.

Scheffler has turned to putting legend Phil Kenyon, who recently spoke to GolfMagic about his work with the six-time PGA Tour winner. 

Exclusive: Kenyon tells us he had to "drag" Scheffler off the green

While the putter is still very much a work in progress, Scheffler admits he is ready to roll at famed TPC Scottsdale this week as he bids to win the WM Phoenix Open for a third time in a row. 

Should Scheffler win this week's WM Phoenix Open, where he starts a warm 5/1 favourite in Arizona, then he would become the first player to achieve the feat since Steve Stricker won the John Deere Classic three straight years from 2009 to 2011. 

A victory this week would also see him match late great Arnold Palmer's record in winning the Phoenix Open three times in a row, a feat achieved by The King in 1963.

Scheffler was quizzed by one reporter on how his new Logan Olson prototype putter is feeling on the eve of the tournament.

He replied with one word: 

"Good"

When asked to elaborate, Scheffler replied: 

"I'm still doing a little bit of the technical stuff. Improving the setup, improving the stroke mechanics. The ball coming off my blade right now feels really good."

Scheffler is also excited to move away from the poa greens of Pebble Beach last week to the TiffDwarf Grass of TPC Scottsdale.

Scheffler continued: 

"It's nice seeing greens like this. The poa last week can be challenging to figure out where you're at with your putting, and getting on the pure greens like this this week, it's a bit different but good."

Although the WM Phoenix Open is not a signature event on the PGA Tour schedule, it still gets Scheffler's juices flowing, especially as its the highest-attended regular PGA Tour event of the season. 

That is largely down to the lure of the iconic Stadium Hole Par-3 16th. 

The 2022 Masters champion said: 

"It’s a little bit different than a lot of the tournaments that we play. That provides some fun stuff but some challenges, as well, with the noise and all that. It’s definitely, definitely a lot of fun playing in this event.
"I think this is one of the tournaments you always paid attention to, just because of the way No. 16 is — that’s really kind of what everybody thinks about when it comes to this tournament, but the golf course is actually really good, as well."

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