Scottie Scheffler, when asked Friday if he has any course records, said he has “a few.” His home course, he said. And a course in Dallas. “And I have the course at Northern Trust; I can’t remember the name,” he said.
“Liberty National?” a reporter asked Friday.
“Last year. I don’t know,” Scheffler said.
“We’ll look it up,” a reporter said.
“Yeah, whatever it was,” Scheffler said. “I assume no one beat 59 there, I hope, but you never know.”
At this point, it was clear he was referring to the 59 he shot last year at TPC Boston during the second round of the Northern Trust. A reporter double-checked with him.
“TPC Boston, whatever that one is,” Scheffler said. “If someone beat it, that stinks, but I feel like I have that one as well.”
Scottie Scheffler is as easy going as there is in golf, and if you needed any reminder of that, re-read the exchange above. Course record? Yeah, I have a few. TPC Boston? Whatever that one is. But then you start your first round at the Houston Open three-over through five holes, and then you finish at two-over, and then you bogey the fourth hole of your second round after standing in the fairway, and sometimes even the even-tempered get a little hot.
“After I bogeyed No. 4, I basically told myself I’ve had enough of this crap,” he said. “That’s what I told my caddie, too, walking down 5 fairway.”
Scheffler birdied that fifth hole. And the 6th. And 8, 9, 10, and 11. And 15 and 17. He ended up with an eight-under 62, a course record at Memorial Park, and he is four shots out of the lead. Scheffler heated up after he had heated up.
“I was not swinging well yesterday. I was not swinging well this morning at all. And I got pretty frustrated,” Scheffler told Golf Channel. “I was in the middle of the fairway on 3, didn’t make birdie. And I was in the middle of the fairway on 4 and made bogey and then I’m sitting at two-over [and] outside the cutline. I was pretty frustrated, and I turned it around really quick. I made a bunch of birdies, and then I just put myself back in position in the tournament.”
“I think I just got really mad,” Scheffler also told Golf Channel. “Started focusing a little bit harder, and then I just started hitting good shots. I still didn’t feel super comfortable over the ball, but I hit a lot more fairways than I did yesterday and I was able to hit some iron shots and make a few putts.”
Of course, they tell you to keep a level head, and yada, yada, yada. And it’s not like Scheffler is going to start snapping clubs anytime soon. But every once in a while, even the easy-going tell themselves what Schefffler told himself.
“I mean, I think anger can go a few ways on the golf course, he said. “You can use it and get even more frustrated and more pissed off and you start thinking negatively.
“I used that anger today as a positive.”