Scottie Scheffler captured his third PGA TOUR victory in 2022 and ascended to No.1 in the Official World Golf Rankings by winning the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.
The former Texas Longhorns golfer closed out past champion Kevin Kisner 4-and-3 to win the event after he reached the final a year ago.
“Definitely a lot of emotion coming off the green today. It’s been kind of a crazy past few months. I got my first win in Phoenix, and then I guess this is my third now, and golly, what a long week,” Scheffler said. “I really don’t know how to describe the emotion. I’ve thought about winning this tournament ever since last year. It left kind of a poor taste in my mouth getting so close and ultimately coming up short. So it feels really good to finish the job this time around.”
Scheffler’s win in Austin comes on the heels of his first PGA TOUR win six weeks ago in Phoenix which he validated with a come from behind victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
“Pretty cool to do that in front of my family,” Scheffler said. “They’ve supported me so much along the way, and I really don’t know what to say about that. I don’t feel like that. I don’t feel like No. 1 in the world. I feel like the same guy I was four months ago, and I hope that doesn’t change.”
Kisner advanced to the finals for the third time, all since the tournament moved to Austin Country Club.
“Scottie is probably playing the best golf on the planet right now,” Kisner said. “I knew I needed my best, and just couldn’t hole anything to get any momentum my way check. I don’t think I won a hole the whole match. Hats off to him. He’s playing great. Like I told him after, enjoy the hell out of how well you’re playing, man.”
Scheffler supplants Jon Rahm, who had been atop the rankings since the 2021 Open Championship. The scenario for Scheffler to take the top spot occurred when Rahm fell to Brooks Koepka in 19 holes in the fourth round. Scheffler is the 24th player to reach No.1 in the rankings since they were established in 1986.
Scheffler reached the final by topping former No. 1 Dustin Johnson in the semi-final round while Kisner defeated Corey Connors. Connors defeated Johnson 3-and-1 in the consolation match.
Scheffler takes home $2.1 million for his victory in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Next up on the PGA TOUR is the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. The field at TPC San Antonio includes Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Zach Johnson and defending champion Jordan Spieth.