By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports activities Author
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Scottie Scheffler stood within the eighth fairway at The Nation Membership and waited for his ball to cease rolling. When it did, he took a couple of steps to his left and tried for a 3rd time to summit the false entrance defending the pin.
As an alternative of a protracted putt for eagle and an opportunity to construct on his lead within the remaining spherical of the U.S. Open, Scheffler made a brief one to avoid wasting par. And when he completed one stroke behind winner Matt Fitzpatrick on Sunday, it wasn’t onerous to seek out the photographs that value him.
“This week I hit among the worst photographs I’ve hit in my profession, and I’ve hit among the greatest ones,” stated Scheffler, the world’s top-ranked participant and reigning Masters champion.
He closed with a 3-under 67 to tie for second with Will Zalatoris.
“It was type of a curler coaster week,” he stated, although he might have been speaking concerning the eighth gap alone. “To be on the finish was undoubtedly loads of enjoyable. Sadly, simply got here up one shot brief.”
Scheffler had fairly a journey on the 560-yard, par-5 eighth, making back-to-back birdies within the first two rounds and holing a fairway iron for an eagle Saturday.
However within the remaining spherical, with the event lead, he hopped his strategy to about 20 ft from the pin and watched it make a U-Flip and roll again towards him. On his second stab on the inexperienced, he once more hit the false entrance and wound up two yards farther away than the place he began.
A 25-year-old Dallas transplant, Scheffler put his fourth shot — and third try on the inexperienced — about 6 ft from the opening to avoid wasting par. He made the flip with the lead, however after back-to-back bogeys to start out the again 9, Scheffler was alone in third.
“I performed good golf, however it wasn’t ok,” he stated. “There’s undoubtedly a couple of issues I might have executed in a different way, however I’m not going to waste time serious about it. I’m going to recuperate from this and transfer on and hopefully be higher from right here.”
Scheffler teed off on No. 10 alone at 6 beneath, however Fitzpatrick had joined him by the point he lined up his second shot on the 503-yard par 4. Scheffler yanked his strategy over the inexperienced right into a bunker on the far aspect, rolled by the lip of the cup on his third shot and missed a 13-foot par putt coming again.
Now trailing by one and tied for second with Zalatoris, Scheffler landed on the inexperienced on the 119-yard eleventh gap, with a 40-foot birdie putt for a share of the lead. He missed that, then circled the lip on his 3-foot par putt.
“I have a look at these bogeys on 10 and 11 and actually didn’t hit a nasty shot,” he stated. “Hit loads of good photographs (on No. 10) and stroll away with 5. On 11, … it was a extremely onerous par. After that, I simply stored making an attempt to maintain plugging alongside and hit good photographs.”
With the leaders two teams behind, Scheffler made a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to maneuver again to five beneath — into second place alone, one stroke behind Fitzpatrick. A 25-footer for birdie on No. 18 that will have pressured the playoff rolled inches to the left of the opening.
There may be some comfort: Along with his $1,557,687 test, Scheffler has earned $12,896,849 this 12 months and set a PGA Tour file for official cash in a season — even with one other main and the tour’s postseason nonetheless to come back.
The earlier file was Jordan Spieth, who received $12,030,465 in 2015.
Scheffler, who received the 2013 U.S. Junior Beginner and was the “Phil Mickelson Freshman of the 12 months” at Texas, is now a U.S. Open runner-up, like Mickelson (who has executed it six instances).
Scheffler had been making an attempt to be the primary participant to win two majors in a single 12 months since Brooks Koepka in 2018. He was additionally aiming for the fifth win of his profession — all of them prior to now 4 months.
“I simply performed some high quality golf. It simply so occurred the putts had been going across the edge as a substitute of in,” he stated. “A couple of breaks right here or there, and I might be the one holding the trophy.”
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