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Chaos: Climate Activists Interrupt the Last Minutes of the PGA Tour Final Round

The final round of the Travelers Championship 2024 could hardly have been more exciting: Tom Kim and Scottie Scheffler, both in the final flight, battled it out for the PGA Tour victory. Scottie Scheffler had a one-stroke lead on the 18th hole, so Tom Kim had to finish the hole with one stroke less than Scheffler to at least force a play-off. Kim managed the approach perfectly, increasing his chances of a birdie. A final on the 18th green could hardly have been more exciting. Just as Scottie Scheffler was about to putt, however, chaos broke out on the green: Climate protesters stormed the scene, causing stunned faces.

Protesters interrupt the PGA Tour final round

Surrounded by hundreds of spectators, Scottie Scheffler, Tom Kim and Akshay Bhatia, the third player in the flight, were in full focus on the 18th green of the TPC River Highlands. It was in Scottie Scheffler’s hands to finish the tournament as the winner when chaos broke out. A total of five protesters stormed the green from different directions to draw attention to climate change. The local police reacted with lightning speed and overpowered them. The three players and their caddies stood in the middle of it all.

Nobody can say exactly how much the situation influenced the players. Would Scottie Scheffler have holed out for birdie and won outright? Would Tom Kim have had a better focus in the subsequent play-off, which he forced thanks to a birdie, and not lost the first hole straight away?

Tom Kim: “It’s really hard to see”

After the round, Tom Kim reveals that the situation was definitely weighing on him. “The security guards were tackling people and people were getting arrested, like it’s just, it’s really hard to see nowadays,” Kim said. “… It kind of felt like it took my mind off of the moment and just kind of realized what was happening and obviously even though those people did something bad, you still don’t want them to get hurt … the police are trying to protect the players and stuff, I get it, but you still don’t want people to get hurt and I think it just kind of personally just took my mind away from golf a little bit and worried about something else.”

Behind the protest were demonstrators from the radical environmental movement “Extinction Rebellion”, who took a lightning strike on the Moving Day of the Travelers Championship as the reason for their action: “We are all watching the climate catastrophe unfold at warp speed. Our relatively mild disruption of the Travelers Championship calls attention to nature’s much more severe and long-lasting disruptions,” said Miles Grant, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, in a statement.

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The Travelers Championship 2024: WITB Scottie Scheffler

After an exciting season start, Scottie Scheffler secured the win back at the Players Championship 2024, the Masters Tournament 2024 and the RBC Heritage. Scheffler continued to rely on TaylorMade and the new Spider Tour X putter, which his Tour colleague and TaylorMade staff player Rory McIlroy recommended to him in March and won back to back. After his win at The Memorial Tournament, Scheffler books in his sixth win of the season at the Travelers Championship 2024.

WITB Scottie Scheffler for the Travelers Championship 2024

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 (8°)

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3 wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (15°)

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Driving Irons: Srixon ZU85 (3, 4)

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Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (5-PW)

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Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (50, 56)

Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks Proto (60.5)

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Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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US Golfers Eyeing Olympics 2024: End of Qualification Period

As the qualification period for the 2024 Olympics concludes, four US men’s golfers have secured their spots in Paris. Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Wyndham Clark, and Collin Morikawa will represent the United States at the Games.

Scheffler and Schauffele Lead the Team At The Olympics 2024

Scottie Scheffler, ranked first in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), has had a stellar season, including wins at The Players Championship, The Masters, and The Memorial Tournament. Despite a challenging performance at the US Open, Scheffler’s consistent excellence throughout the year ensured his top spot.

Xander Schauffele, currently third in the OWGR, has also had a strong season. He won his first major at the PGA Championship and has consistently finished in the top ten. Schauffele’s experience and previous gold medal win at the 2021 Olympics make him a formidable contender for Paris 2024.

Clark and Morikawa Secure Final Spots

Wyndham Clark, ranked fifth in the OWGR, clinched his spot with strong performances earlier in the season, including a win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Despite recent inconsistencies, Clark’s high ranking secured his place on the team.

Collin Morikawa, ranked seventh, rounds out the US team. Morikawa’s accuracy and recent top finishes, including a third place at the Masters, have bolstered his ranking. His consistent play and strategic approach make him a valuable asset for the US team.

DeChambeau Misses Out Due to LIV Golf Participation

Bryson DeChambeau, despite a recent US Open 2024 win, did not qualify for the Olympics due to his participation in LIV Golf events, which do not contribute to OWGR points. This exclusion has left him frustrated, but the rules of Olympic qualification are clear, prioritizing OWGR standings.

Conclusion of the Qualification Process

The Olympic Golf Ranking (OGR) determines qualification, aligning closely with the OWGR. The top 15 golfers in the OGR automatically qualify, with a maximum of four per country. The men’s qualification period ended on June 17, 2024, confirming the final roster.

The qualification criteria for the Olympic Golf Tournament. (Photo: IGF)
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US Open 2024 – Scottie Scheffler: “I couldn’t hole anything”

Scottie Scheffler finishes his US Open 2024 with a two-over 72. With a total score of eight over par he ends the tournament on T43. On his final day the world number 1 didn’t manage to hole a single birdie, ending the third major of the year with four rounds over par. After his round he talked about the struggle to get the ball into the hole

Scottie Scheffler talks to the media after his final round of the US Open 2024

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: It was a long week. Obviously didn’t play my best. A bit frustrating to end. Feel like I have some good takeaways from this week, learned some good things.

Q. What did you feel like was the one thing that might have been off the most?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I couldn’t hole anything. I could not see the break on these greens. The greens this week kind of had my number. I felt like I hit a lot of really good putts that did weird things at the cup that I was not expecting them to do.

When we come back here in a few years, I’ll probably try to do a lot more work getting things going on the greens. I felt like I did a lot of my work around the greens this week, and maybe I needed to do more — the practice greens weren’t the same speed as the course, and it was hard to find something similar.

I’d say that was definitely an added challenge. So I think as far as the prep work goes, probably try to do more on the course, get to know the greens a little bit better.

But other than that, I feel like I did some good things this week, but overall I definitely need to do some things better.

Q. You mentioned takeaways, but what are some other things that you need to do leading into — you were talking about playing the week before or not. What are some other takeaways?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, I think playing the week before, a lot of it depends on the golf course, and I think last week with the golf course the way it is, it probably was not the best prep work for me coming into another really challenging event. I think I shot 5-under the first round at Memorial, which would have been the easiest day, and after that I was maybe 3-under from there on out. I mean, that’s pretty U.S. Open-like, and to play that many rounds, especially with what I’ve been dealing with the weeks leading up or really kind of the whole season, really playing a lot of good golf and being in contention, I think maybe my prep would have been a little bit better for this week if I was at home. But I’m obviously not going to skip Jack’s tournament. It’s a tournament I love playing. It’s a tournament that I’m humbled to be the champion at.

But as far as prep for this week, it may not have been the best, but I knew what my schedule was at the beginning of the year. I had it set. That was always the way it was going to be. I feel like going forward, I’ll maybe do things a little bit differently in the weeks leading up to majors, especially when you know it’s going to be a challenging setup at a U.S. Open.

Q. How do you get your rest and get back to Travelers next week?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Well, we’re going to head home tonight. I haven’t decided exactly when I’ll head up to Travelers, but we’ll assess and see how things are going at home. Right now the plan is to go up Monday night, but we’ll assess and see how we feel at home.

Q. Any big Father’s Day plans?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: No. No. Meredith surprised me this morning with a New York bagel, which was nice. Little man was screaming as I left the house, so it was maybe a good time for me to be leaving on Father’s Day. He was a little upset.

Yeah, actually they came out on the range this morning, and it was pretty awesome. He had his little outfit on. He had a little hat on over his head. It was just hilarious. Yeah, get home as quick as we can, and yeah, just enjoy dinner tonight just us three.

Q. Was it more physically or mentally taxing playing on a hard course the week before a major?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I’d say it’s mental, but I think there’s definitely a physical aspect to it. Today I made more of a conscious effort to make sure I got kind of my legs going in the swing. That’s maybe something I’ll assess in the off-season, as well. I feel like I’ve played a lot of my best golf not late in the season, maybe a bit early in the season, so that’s maybe something to look at, whether or not I need to get more mental rest as the year goes on or maybe need to have better physical endurance. I’m not really sure which one it is.

But like I said, now I’ve been on a good stretch of golf. Had one tough event following a great event. I’m not really going to look too much into it but focus more on my prep.

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US Open 2024 Tee Times: Scheffler Starts into his Final Day

For the world number 1 Scottie Scheffler, the US Open 2024 in North Carolina has not gone great thus far. After barely making the cut on day 2, Scheffler still hasn’t found to his form of the past months and had to settle for a 71 Moving Day round, which puts him at a total score of +6.

Currently sitting at T42, the American will start his round alongside Tom McKibbin. They will start at 10:20 AM local time.

Tee Times US Open 2024 Round X

Tee Teetime Player 1 Player 2
1 7:30 am Seonghyeon Kim Gunnar Broin (a)
1 7:41 am Matthew Fitzpatrick Jackson Suber
1 7:52 am Brandon Wu Austin Eckroat
1 8:3 am Francesco Molinari Ben Kohles
1 8:14 am Dean Burmester Ryan Fox
1 8:25 am Sepp Straka Martin Kaymer
1 8:36 am Greyson Sigg Cameron Young
1 8:47 am Nico Echavarria Brendon Todd
1 8:58 am Justin Lower Sam Bennett
1 9:9 am Adam Scott Brian Campbell
1 9:25 am Matt Kuchar Frankie Capan III
1 9:36 am Adam Svensson Harris English
1 9:47 am Jordan Spieth Si Woo Kim
1 9:58 am Max Greyserman Sahith Theegala
1 10:9 am Daniel Berger Keegan Bradley
1 10:20 am Scottie Scheffler Tom McKibbin
1 10:31 am Brooks Koepka Tim Widing
1 10:42 am Nicolai Højgaard Emiliano Grillo
1 10:53 am Isaiah Salinda Christiaan Bezuidenhout
1 11:4 am Cameron Smith Wyndham Clark
1 11:15 am J.T. Poston Tommy Fleetwood
1 11:31 am Shane Lowry Zac Blair
1 11:42 am Billy Horschel Chris Kirk
1 11:53 am Denny McCarthy Min Woo Lee
1 12:4 pm Neal Shipley (a) Luke Clanton (a)
1 12:15 pm Sam Burns Stephan Jaeger
1 12:26 pm Brian Harman Mark Hubbard
1 12:37 pm David Puig Thomas Detry
1 12:48 pm Akshay Bhatia Russell Henley
1 12:59 pm Davis Thompson Xander Schauffele
1 1:10 pm Sergio Garcia Taylor Pendrith
1 1:26 pm Aaron Rai Tom Kim
1 1:37 pm Corey Conners Collin Morikawa
1 1:48 pm Tony Finau Tyrrell Hatton
1 1:59 pm Ludvig Åberg Hideki Matsuyama
1 2:10 pm Patrick Cantlay Rory McIlroy
1 2:21 pm Matthieu Pavon Bryson DeChambeau
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US Open 2024 Tee Times: Rory McIlroy Alongside Patrick Cantlay

Before the final day of the US Open 2024, Bryson DeChambeau was able to extend his lead to three strokes with a strong Moving Day performance. The American will tee off in the last group with his playing partner Matthieu Pavon. The Frenchman is at a total of -4 and shares second place with Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay, who will start their round together in the second-to-last group of the day at 8:10 PM.

Tee Times US Open 2024 Round X

Tee Teetime Player 1 Player 2
1 7:30 am Seonghyeon Kim Gunnar Broin (a)
1 7:41 am Matthew Fitzpatrick Jackson Suber
1 7:52 am Brandon Wu Austin Eckroat
1 8:3 am Francesco Molinari Ben Kohles
1 8:14 am Dean Burmester Ryan Fox
1 8:25 am Sepp Straka Martin Kaymer
1 8:36 am Greyson Sigg Cameron Young
1 8:47 am Nico Echavarria Brendon Todd
1 8:58 am Justin Lower Sam Bennett
1 9:9 am Adam Scott Brian Campbell
1 9:25 am Matt Kuchar Frankie Capan III
1 9:36 am Adam Svensson Harris English
1 9:47 am Jordan Spieth Si Woo Kim
1 9:58 am Max Greyserman Sahith Theegala
1 10:9 am Daniel Berger Keegan Bradley
1 10:20 am Scottie Scheffler Tom McKibbin
1 10:31 am Brooks Koepka Tim Widing
1 10:42 am Nicolai Højgaard Emiliano Grillo
1 10:53 am Isaiah Salinda Christiaan Bezuidenhout
1 11:4 am Cameron Smith Wyndham Clark
1 11:15 am J.T. Poston Tommy Fleetwood
1 11:31 am Shane Lowry Zac Blair
1 11:42 am Billy Horschel Chris Kirk
1 11:53 am Denny McCarthy Min Woo Lee
1 12:4 pm Neal Shipley (a) Luke Clanton (a)
1 12:15 pm Sam Burns Stephan Jaeger
1 12:26 pm Brian Harman Mark Hubbard
1 12:37 pm David Puig Thomas Detry
1 12:48 pm Akshay Bhatia Russell Henley
1 12:59 pm Davis Thompson Xander Schauffele
1 1:10 pm Sergio Garcia Taylor Pendrith
1 1:26 pm Aaron Rai Tom Kim
1 1:37 pm Corey Conners Collin Morikawa
1 1:48 pm Tony Finau Tyrrell Hatton
1 1:59 pm Ludvig Åberg Hideki Matsuyama
1 2:10 pm Patrick Cantlay Rory McIlroy
1 2:21 pm Matthieu Pavon Bryson DeChambeau
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US Open 2024: Scottie Scheffler With “Another Frustrating Day”

As the winds got rougher Scottie Scheffler struggled again with Pinehurst No. 2. The World No. 1 didn’t find the “groove” on the greens at the US Open 2024 moving day. With a stimp meter of around 13 they where difficult as they can be and brought Scheffler more than a few missed birdie putts and a few bogeys. With two bogeys and just one birdie on the front nine Scheffler couldn’t keep an even par score. On the back nine he stabled his score and contained even par with one birdie and one bogey. He starts round 4 with a total score of +6.

US Open 2024 – Scheffler: “I thought I played a lot better than my score”

Q. How was today?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: How was today? No, another frustrating day. Today was a day where I thought I played a lot better than my score. I’m having a lot of trouble reading these greens. I had a lot of putts today where I felt like I hit it really good. I looked up and they were not going the way I thought they were going to go. Really my swing today felt a lot better than it did yesterday. I felt like the last 27 holes I’ve played, I’ve hit it really nice, but I just haven’t been able to hit it quite close enough, which is difficult around this course. I haven’t been able to hole the putts the last few today.

Q. (Question regarding the course setup.)

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Definitely tricky pin positions. It’s going to get firmer. The sun is out. The wind is blowing enough that the greens are definitely going to dry out. I definitely in noticed that coming down the stretch. They’re getting pretty firm. With the way these runoffs are, it’s
going to be pretty challenging this afternoon. If you’re in play, with how firm the fairways are, you will be able to able to stop it. The minute you hit it out of the fairway…

Q. What are some of your goals the rest of the time here at Pinehurst?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: The rest of my time here at Pinehurst? Hit the gym this afternoon, pack up, put my feet up for the rest of the day, hang out with my little man and my wife. I’ll show up tomorrow morning ready to play. Like I said, I’ll go to the gym today, wake up in the morning, get ready to come out to the course again, see if I can learn. Like I said, the last 27 holes I played a lot better. I just haven’t been able to hole any putts. Hit a lot of putts from seven to 10 feet, where it would be good momentum for me to get going in the round. Hit the putt, it will be burning the edge. There’s another missed opportunity. So I feel like that’s a lot of what this week was for me so far. Hopefully going into tomorrow, as far as goals, I don’t really think about it. I’ll try to have a good round tomorrow.

Q. (No microphone.)

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: The game of golf is a mental torture chamber at times, especially the U.S. Open. Yeah, I thought it was challenging. The first 27 holes, I was in the native area way too much of the times. Everything felt really tough. Now that I was able to hit a lot more fairways today, it maybe felt a touch easier to me. Wouldn’t be using me as a bearing for what’s good right now. Pretty mediocre at best right now.

I think going into the major championships, especially the ones we know are going to be really challenging, it may be in my best interest not to play the week before. Like I said, that’s stuff for me to figure out later in the year. That’s some of my thoughts sitting around watching the cut.

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US Open 2024: Scottie Scheffler Narrowly Makes the Cut

Scottie Schefflers troubles at the US Open 2024 worsened on day 2 and he shouldn’t have needed another shot, otherwise he would have missed the cut. No birdies for the world No. 1 on day 2 at Pinhurst No. 2, but two bogeys on the front nine and then disaster on hole 5. Like his flight partners, Scheffler was unable to escape his home turf and ended up with a triple bogey. With a round of 74 strokes and a total score of five over par, he is tied 57th after round 2.

Scottie Scheffler about his second round at the US Open 2024

Q. How much of a grind was it out there today?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, it was for sure. Around this place you have to hit such good shots. The golf course is challenging. I think personally it’s fun to play, but yeah, it was definitely a grind.

Q. The fifth hole took a little bit out of everybody in the group. What was going on there?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I think that’s part of the mystery of the kind of sandy areas. You get down there and it’s kind of luck of the draw whether or not you have a shot. Preferably I would have loved to have hit like a little runner out of there, but I had a bush in my way to where I couldn’t play the runner that I would have hoped to. Really all you’re trying to do from there is get it up on to the green somewhere, and I felt like I took the best route I could think of at first, and just because it’s so unpredictable.

So yeah, just pretty challenging spot for your ball to end up in.

Q. You’ve been playing so well, so consistently. Is it kind of a readjustment out there to remember how to play when it’s not going your way?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Not really. I think this week — yesterday I felt like I played really well and got a lot out of my game, which I feel like I’ve done a good job of this year. Today was kind of the opposite. I felt like especially the back nine today I actually hit it really well. I just couldn’t get a putt to fall early. Then I had that unfortunate deal on No. 5 which probably on any other golf course if I hit those two shots, driver, 3-wood into a green on a par-5 and probably have a pretty good look at birdie, I’m not going to have walking off with a 7. But just unfortunate place for me to put myself.

Q. What positives do you have to take out of today if 5-over gets you into the weekend?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I don’t think 5-over is going to get me into the weekend. But I’m proud of how I fought today. I gave myself a good chance. Really yesterday I felt like I did a great job. Today I just couldn’t get the putts to fall. This golf course can be unpredictable at times, and maybe it got the better of me the last couple days. I’ll sit down and think about where we’re going the last few days and figure it out.

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US Open 2024: Scottie Scheffler Struggles on the First Day

Scottie Scheffler had some problems with the difficult course on the first day of the US Open 2024. Scheffler repeatedly missed the fairway with his tee shots on the famous Pinehurst No. course. After three bogeys and only two stroke gains, the world number one is in the upper midfield of the leaderboard.

Scottie Scheffler struggles at the US Open 2024

Scottie Scheffler had problems right from the start on Thursday and missed many fairways. The world number one did not always manage to free himself perfectly from the sandy ground, so that he had already made two bogeys after six holes. He made up for one of them on the par-4 7th, but was unable to improve on the back nine. In 34th place, Scheffler will have to try to keep up the pace on Friday.

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US Open 2024 – Scottie Scheffler: “It Will Be a Fun Test”

With Pinehurst No. 2 in top conditions and the greens as fast as they could make it, Scottie Scheffler really looks forward to a tough challenge. In his press conference before the US Open 2024 the world number one reflects on previous US Opens and how the play differs in this years major venue.

Scottie Scheffler: “You have to step up and make great shot to win the US Open 2024”

Q. Overall reaction to the course from today?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, the course is great. In good shape. I think the areas around the green are extremely difficult to play out of. I think the golf course is going to play pretty tough this week, but it’ll be a fun test.

I think the golf course is great. It’s extremely challenging. I don’t really think they have to do too much to trick it up with the way the greens are if they want the scores to be high. So it should be a good test and a fun week.

Q. You were out with Teddy yesterday chipping and putting mostly. What are your thoughts about your plays around the greens and what you might be using and that kind of thing?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Well, I mean, a lot of the areas around the greens here are quite different, and a lot of it depends on the lies that you get. It’s grainy Bermuda, so if you get a good lie, you can be a little more creative with what you want to do. If you have an iffy into-the-grain lie, you’re a bit limited in what you can do around the green.

It really depends on the lie and then it depends how big of a slope there is that you’re trying to get it back up onto the green. A lot of that is going to be missing in the right spots. But there are certain holes out here that there isn’t a great miss, you’ve just got to step up there and hit a great shot.

Q. You have improved with your putting this year. Can you describe what was going on as you stood over a putt in your head, what you were thinking about before you started working with Phil, and what do you think about now as you stand over the ball?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I mean, going now, I’m trying to get as visual as I can with what I’m trying to do. Before I used a line on my ball, so sometimes I’d be trying to match up the line on the back of the putter with the line on the ball. At times I’d almost get a bit confused.

Nowadays I feel like I am getting much more visual with what I’m trying to do, seeing kind of what I want the putt to do versus maybe playing a little bit of a guessing game before.

I’m putting the ball down and lining it where I feel like it should be lined up and then hitting the putt.

Q. Of all the US Opens you’ve played, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I think a lot of it’s patience. And then there’s certain areas of the golf courses where you can’t really fake it. You just have to step up there and hit great golf shots. There’s certain holes out here where, like especially some of the par-3s where there’s not really a place where there is a good miss, it’s just you just better just get up there and you better hit it right where you’re looking or else you’re going to be in big trouble.

A lot of that is just being committed to what you’re doing. I can’t really worry about where the ball is going to go because I am going to hit a lot of really good shots this week that just don’t work out, and you’re going to make bogeys hitting good shots. That’s just the nature of how difficult the golf course is.

But what I appreciate about this kind of course is a lot of the areas around the greens are all fairway, and so it may be extremely difficult shots, but there’s always opportunity. Sometimes when there’s heavy rough, there’s not really much opportunity for a great shot.

I appreciate more having the playability of the run-off areas more than heavy rough surrounding every green. It definitely provides a little bit more variety, a little bit more excitement and a little bit more creativity around the greens. I believe it’s a better test than just having heavy rough over the back of every green.

Courses like this I think are a lot of fun to play.

Q. Last weekend when you triple bogeyed that hole, you seemed to stay a little bit calm. How did you keep from getting frustrated from your bad shots?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: That’s a good question. I was very frustrated so I’m glad you couldn’t tell.

I think I learned over the course of my career to stay as patient as possible. When I made a triple on that hole, I really didn’t hit that bad of a shot, it just hit a tree and went out of bounds.

I kind of reminded myself I was playing good golf and as long as I kept a good head on my shoulders I could continue to go about my day and was able to bounce back nicely. I.

Think that’s something you learn playing more and more golf, is that bad breaks are going to come but it’s more about your response to those things than really receiving the bad break because over the course of a 72-hole tournament you’re going to get plenty of bad breaks and hit plenty of bad shots. It’s more about how am I going to recover from those shots.

Q. A lot of players have come in here and said great things about you, and Xander even mentioned the state of your game in his winner’s press conference at the PGA. Have you heard any of that? And what does it mean to hear your fellow players say such things?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Well, yeah, I think it’s nice to hear a little bit of good things from my peers because I think we all try to bust each other up at times when we’re out there playing and competing. I think that’s part of the friendship bond, is you want to mess with your buddies, so to hear some compliments every now and then is definitely nice.

Q. When we think of coaches out here, I think many of us think of technical stuff and the swing and whatnot, but can you speak to what Randy gives you in terms of course strategy and your actual plan, almost like X’s and O’s? In terms of the actual course and your plan of attack.

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I think as far as the actual course goes, a lot of that falls on Teddy. As far as Randy goes, Randy is back there kind of making sure that I’m working on the proper things going into the event. He’s not one really to overthink things, and he knows when to step in and when to kind of just let me go.

I think that’s one of the most important things with a coach is, especially with Randy, he can almost tell sometimes when I’m not really swinging it my best, and he’ll step in. Then other times when I’m playing really well, he’ll kind of sit there and watch and we’ll hang out and have fun.

He’s always done a good job of keeping things loose because at times I think I take myself a bit too seriously when I’m out there practicing. Randy is definitely not a guy that takes himself too seriously.

Q. Xander said after the PGA that some of the guys in your group text like roasted you over what happened at Valhalla with you. I don’t know if you saw yesterday a fan drove into a Louisville golf club with a fake policeman dragging along his car. Are you able to laugh about that sort of stuff now?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, it’s kind of hard not to laugh about the guy who did that. But I didn’t see any videos. Xander did tell me about it yesterday. He got a pretty good kick out of it.

But yeah, I think that’s part of just having good friends. If all they did was make fun of me, it would be different. It wouldn’t be as fun. But they’re great guys, and they’re great friends. So you’ve got to be able to look in the mirror and laugh at yourself, too.

Like I said, I don’t love reliving it, but sometimes being able to laugh about it is a good skill, too. When they make jokes, it’s definitely hard not to laugh, especially with some of my good buddies, they’re pretty funny with it.

Q. How has it been compartmentalizing Scottie Scheffler the golfer and Scottie Scheffler the dad over the last little while?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: You know, with some of the circumstances that have been going on outside the golf courses, it’s been a bit more challenging.

But overall I feel like when I’m at home, having Bennett around, it’s almost easier to not be on my phone, not be watching TV. I just want to hang out with him and hang out with Mere, and rocking him to sleep puts me to sleep. Being at home is fun. I haven’t been bored at home in quite some time, that’s for sure.

Time is always filled, and it’s filled with great things, hanging out with my son and hanging out with my wife. So that part of it has been really nice.

But yeah, some of the circumstances around the golf course have made it, I would say, a bit more challenging.

Q. How aggressive can you be here on this golf course, or is it mostly a defensive approach?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I think it’s a mix because, like I said, there’s certain holes out here where you have to just step up and hit a great shot. Some of the par-3s, Teddy and I are walking around trying to figure out where you miss it to certain pins. It’s like, there’s not really a good spot here, you’d better just hit it in the middle of the green and try and two-putt. There’s a lot of that out here.

I think it’s kind of fun, too, when there’s not really any hazards on the golf course. It’s not like we’re hitting over ponds or your ball is rolling back into water or into bunkers you can’t get up-and-down out of. There’s definitely some areas where you’re going to be extremely challenged, but I feel like there’s always opportunity.

Since it’s fairway, there’s opportunity for great shots. The landing area may be literally this big in order for you to hit a great shot, but there’s always opportunity. I feel like you’re never out of the hole, but you’re also not too far away from making a huge number. You’ve really got to manage your way around the golf course and execute where you need to.

Q. How does it feel to be by far the best golfer in the world?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I try not to overthink things, I try to live one moment at a time and soak it all up because you never know how long it’s going to last. Just try and soak up the good times when you can and fight through the bad.

Q. In hindsight, it can be easier to talk about how important patience is on a difficult golf course, but when you’re in the tournament mode in the setting, what is the inner dialogue when a shot doesn’t go your way or you hit a shot and it rolls off? What are you telling yourself to try and reset for the next shot?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, I think that’s a really good question because a lot of the stuff that we all talk about is much easier said than done. It’s much easier to step up there and say, hey, just be committed to your shot, but it’s a lot more difficult when you just bogeyed the first two holes and you’re sitting there with a 9-iron and you’re playing 30 feet away from a pin and you know it’s a pin you can’t attack, but it’s a 9-iron, and you’re like, I can get one back here, and you try and force it and then all of a sudden things just get out of hand.

I always try to remind myself of just being committed to what I can control, and I’m not worried about the results out there. I try to do my best to execute the shot. And like I said, over the course of a 72-hole tournament, I’m going to get plenty of good breaks and plenty of bad ones.

It’s all about responding to the bad and kind of rolling with the good and doing my best to control what I can control and execute.