Qualified for the 2016 U.S. Open just short of his 20th birthday and when he did so again the following year, surviving a four-for-three play-off to earn a place, he went on to finish as leading amateur in joint 27th place, a stroke ahead of Cameron Champ.
The pair were then team-mates, along with Collin Morikawa, in the Walker Cup and Scheffler, the US junior champion in 2013, became Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year on the second tier Korn Ferry Tour in 2019, winning twice.
That meant the University of Texas player was already in the world’s top 100 when he graduated to the PGA Tour and on making the switch his rise continued. Third in both the Bermuda Championship and American Express, he tied for fourth on his PGA Championship debut in August, finishing three strokes behind winner Morikawa.
His Open debut was secured by his place in the top 10 of the 2020 FedEx Cup points list, while he had climbed into the game’s top 40 when he was named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
In the first two World Golf Championships of this season, he placed fifth at the Workday Championship and was runner-up in the Dell Match Play.