New golf world number 1 And Scottie Scheffler can’t quite believe it.
Schaeffler became the highest ranked golfer In the world on Sunday after winning the World Championships Golf (WGC) – Dell Technologies game event in Texas, United States.
He beat fellow American Kevin Kesner 4 and 3 in the final to end Jon Ram’s 36-week stay at the top of the rankings.
At the press conference after becoming world No. 1 for the first time in his career, Schaeffler said his head was still “spinning.”
“It’s not something I didn’t want to achieve or didn’t believe I could do. I grew up at Royal Oaks (the country club in Dallas, Texas). I grew up wearing long pants to practice because I wanted to be a professional golfer.”
“That’s what I dreamed of. I dreamed of being here. I was always, as I say, a fierce competitor, so for me it was an end in itself and because I’m here, I love the competition and I enjoy the challenge of playing here every week. Just competing here is really fun. For me, just being able to win trophies is pretty cool.
“The ranking didn’t really cross my mind. It was always just about being here and competing.”
Schaeffler’s rise to the top of the golf ratings came on the back of some excellent recent levels.
Forty-four days ago the 25-year-old didn’t have a PGA Tour victory to his name, but now he has three in his last five starts.
Schaeffler won the Phoenix Open in February by defeating Patrick Cantlay in a playoff, then clinched Arnold Palmer’s championship invite earlier this month.
and his victory at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event – where he had to defeat former world number one Dustin Johnson in the semi-finals – at Austin Country Club with an excellent performance.
According to the PGA TourSchaeffler became the sixth youngest player to reach number one since the world rankings began in 1986.
Having gone so long without a win, Schaeffler assumed he was now “making up for a little bit of lost time maybe the last few weeks.”
“I didn’t go that far in my dreams,” said emotional Schaeffler during the cup ceremony. “I just play golf. I love to compete. I’m glad to be here, you know?”
Given his impressive form recently, Schaeffler has become one of the favorites for the Masters starting April 7th at Augusta National.