Catapulted himself to world No. 1 with his first three PGA Tour wins early this year – and then in April added his maiden Major title with a commanding three-stroke victory at The Masters. All this was achieved in the space of six tournaments.
Scheffler almost added the recent U.S. Open, finishing joint runner-up a stroke behind Matt Fitzpatrick.
He was joint eighth on his Open debut at Royal St George's last July and so instantly exempt for St Andrews. That impressive display followed finishes of eighth and seventh in the PGA Championship and U.S. Open – and that after a tie for fourth in the 2020 PGA, only the fifth Major of his career.
Two weeks after that performance he produced a 12-under-par 59 at the Northern Trust event, just the 12th sub-60 score in PGA Tour history, and became the circuit’s Rookie of the Year.
He was also among Steve Stricker’s six wild cards for the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, where he was unbeaten and beat then world No 1 Jon Rahm in the singles.
Scheffler qualified for the 2016 U.S. Open aged 19 and the following year was leading amateur in joint 27th place. The 2013 US junior champion earned Walker Cup honours four years later and now has not only a Major, but also a World Golf Championship title to his name, having won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play a fortnight before his Masters victory.