Scottie Scheffler is dominating the PGA Tour. This rising star is chasing him

Ludvig Aberg’s (still newish) veteran PGA Tour caddie, Joe Skovron, has seen plenty of Scottie Scheffler over the years while looping for Rickie Fowler, Tom Kim and now Aberg. And Skovron said what he saw Scheffler do at the Masters just further reiterated his dominance in the game.

“He really made me a believer, just the way he does things,” said Skovron, who was the guest on this week’s GOLF Subpar podcast. “The way he operates his program, and when you watch him day after day after day and continue to hit those golf shots and continue to play like that, I mean, what he’s done these last 2 1/2 years or whatever it’s been, it’s just mind-blowing stuff. It’s gotta be the biggest gap since Tiger I guess, the gap between him and whoever No. 2 is.”

He’s right, co-host Colt Knost reminded him. Scheffler’s lead over Rory McIlroy, the World No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is a ridiculous 7.65 points, which was further inflated by Scheffler’s RBC Heritage victory the week after the Masters.

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“How can you argue with it, everything he’s doing,” Skovron said. “The way he plays. Even (at the Masters), over time you kind of thought you had a chance but he just responds and stuffs it and stuffs it. And it’s just really impressive what he’s doing. I don’t know if people appreciate how hard it is to do that. I know I didn’t watching Tiger back in the day until I got out here, how hard it really was to do that. What he’s doing and how consistent he’s playing is really amazing, it really is.”

Although Skovron’s guy, Aberg, has major upside too. In college, he won the Ben Hogan Award twice, and he also won the Haskins Award and Jack Nicklaus Award. When he turned pro last year, he won once on each the PGA Tour and DP World Tour and qualified for the Ryder Cup team. The Masters was his first major appearance, and he birdied the 9th hole in the final round to grab a share of the lead. Even though his round was derailed by a double bogey on 11, he made back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 to easily take the runner-up spot.

He’s ranked sixth in the world, and he’s yet to miss a cut in his 10 events this season. He’s finished top 25 in eight of them.

“We are hoping to close the gap on (Scheffler),” Skovron said. “Lud is still young and he’s still learning, but you feel like he’s got that kind of talent, he’s got that kind of mind, he’s got everything it takes. You just kind of take the steps day by day and don’t get ahead of yourself and close that gap, and hopefully we’ll have many battles with him in the future.”

You can listen to Skovron’s complete Subpar episode here, or watch it on YouTube below.

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