Scottie Scheffler asks for narrative change in latest PGA Tour/LIV Golf comments

World number one Scottie Scheffler offered his latest thoughts on the PGA Tour and LIV Golf divide ahead of the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head.

Scottie Scheffler
Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler says he believes the average golf fan is 'getting a little bit tired of the noise' as he prepared to play his first PGA Tour event after claiming his second Masters title. 

Scheffler is in the field for the RBC Heritage and the American world number one told reporters he never once thought about skipping the signature tournament. 

He said he took a few days off to spend time at home with his heavily pregnant wife Meredith but other than that it is all systems go for the golfer who is looking to win his fourth event from five starts. 

The 2024 Masters represented the first time we saw players from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf come together since last July's Open at Royal Liverpool. 

Scheffler, for the most part, has taken a back seat as the men's sport has tore itself apart. 

He did, however, point the finger of blame towards the LIV players before he defended golf's unofficial fifth major in March at TPC Sawgrass. 


"As far as the average fan goes, I'm not really sure," Scheffler told reporters when he was asked if the average fan likes the game more or less now since LIV's noisy introduction in 2022. 

"I think they're probably getting a little bit tired of all the noise. I think what's great about our sport is the competition. 

"That's what I love the most is coming out here and competing. 

"So if a little bit of the narrative could get shifted back towards that, I think that would be really nice. 

"You look at something like March Madness and they're not competing for any money or anything like that. 

"You can look at the women's game.

"The women in college now, they're staying four years in school, there's good rivalries, you have teams pitted against each other year after year, and it's really intriguing to watch and it's not about anything other than wanting to witness something great and enjoying the competition."

Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler
Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler

Scheffler's comments echo those of the defending champion at Hilton Head, Matthew Fitzpatrick, who stated he believed fans are also sick and tired of all the chatter about money

Before Scheffler departed the news conference, he was asked about some of the comments made from his peers. 

Wyndham Clark and Max Homa both unsurprisingly talked up the 27-year-old. 

"I wish I could hate him," Homa said, adding: "His short game is otherworldly. 

"The array of shots he has is more than I've probably seen anyone have. That was just over a two-day span. 

"I find that to be something I would love to somehow figure out how to do.

"His commitment to each shot he hits, that's something I think Scottie is tremendous at. 

"I would like to be able to do that, as well."

Scheffler said one he does not spend too much time thinking about his peers' comments. 

"It seems like to me in my head that everything starts over each week," he said. 

"So it doesn't matter what I'm ranked going into the week. 

"It only really matters kind of where you sit at the end of the week."

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