NASSAU, Bahamas — Scottie Scheffler has made nice good points in his placing. Add that to the remainder of his top-ranked recreation, and he made it look simple Sunday. He closed with a 4-under 68 for a 3-shot victory within the Hero World Problem.
Scheffler, a runner-up within the Bahamas the earlier two years, performed bogey-free at Albany and did not let anybody get nearer than 2 photographs on the again 9 as he ended the 12 months together with his fifth victory worldwide.
The Hero World Problem is an unofficial occasion, although its 20-man area receives world rating factors, and Scheffler solely solidified his spot at No. 1.
The week wasn’t a complete loss for Tiger Woods, the event host taking part in for the primary time since surgical procedure to fuse his proper ankle a couple of weeks after the Masters in April.
Woods completed 72 holes for under the third time up to now two years. He has performed six tournaments following the restoration from his February 2021 automobile crash in Los Angeles that badly injured his proper leg.
“Identical to I stated to you guys on Tuesday, I am curious … what that is going to seem like,” Woods stated. “I have never accomplished it shortly — I have never accomplished it with my ankle the way in which it’s now, and I used to be excited each day to type of get by means of it and type of begin piecing rounds collectively once more. I have never accomplished this in a very long time so it was enjoyable to really feel that once more.”
Woods closed with a 72 and completed 18th.
Scheffler led the PGA Tour in nearly each essential statistical class — off the tee, photographs to the inexperienced — till he bought onto the placing floor. He sought assist from extremely regarded placing coach Phil Kenyon and is beginning to see instant outcomes.
“I performed stable and saved my distance,” Scheffler stated. “I used to be simply making an attempt to hit good photographs and get as many seems as I might for birdies.”
Scheffler had not performed because the Ryder Cup — this was his first 72-hole event because the Tour Championship in late August. He stated he was optimistic in regards to the work he put in with Kenyon earlier than the Ryder Cup.
“It is good to see some quick outcomes,” Scheffler stated. “It is paid off fairly good this week.”
Scheffler did not make his first birdie till he chipped shut on the par-5 sixth after which pitched up the slope on the drivable par-4 seventh to 2 ft.
Straka, Thomas and Jordan Spieth at occasions had been poised to make a run. Scheffler answered with birdies on the proper time to carry them off. He missed a birdie putt on the seventeenth from simply inside 3 ft. It was his solely miss inside 5 ft all week.
Not often is that this vacation occasion with out some measure of drama, and such was the case on Sunday. Collin Morikawa was given a 2-shot penalty earlier than he teed off for utilizing materials in a greens-reading e-book on the fourth gap Saturday.
Seems his caddie had used a degree on the follow inexperienced and put some notations within the e-book. In accordance with new guidelines, such notes can come solely from conventional strategies, with out exterior gadgets.
Morikawa, who was knowledgeable quarter-hour earlier than his spherical, was annoyed as a result of he stated he had been informed by different officers and caddies that it was OK.
“Apparently in the event that they let you know one thing unsuitable in the future in a unique event [it] doesn’t keep it up, and I perceive that. We made the error,” Morikawa stated. “From our understanding, it was effective to make use of a degree on the follow inexperienced and see how putts break and write that down. Clearly, it is not.”
Morikawa (68) completed seventh.
Woods was by no means within the combine after every spherical, which was not the first goal. He knew there could be rust, and he felt he knocked a bit off every day. However not all of it. He had a pitch roll again towards his ft on the par-3 second gap for a double bogey, and he hit one other poor chip that led to bogey on the par-5 eleventh.
Woods remained optimistic he might play one event a month in 2024.
“If you happen to ask me proper now, I am a bit bit sore,” he stated. “As soon as a month appears affordable. It offers me a few weeks to get well. Possibly I can get right into a rhythm. That is what the plan was going into subsequent 12 months. I do not see why that will change.”