World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler discusses Brooks Koepka’ near miss from Ryder Cup qualification

Scottie Scheffler has backed LIV Golfer Brooks Koepka and thinks he could be part of the Team USA for the Ryder Cup.


World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler discusses Brooks Koepka’ near miss from Ryder Cup qualification

Scottie Scheffler (L) and Brooks Koepka (R) [Pic Credit: WorldWide Golf/SB Nation]

As golf stars get ready for the Tour Championship this week, their minds are focused on something different as well. It is the Ryder Cup that is soon going to take over the talking points in the golf community. USA Team member and current world number one Scottie Scheffler has now spoken in the defense of Brooks Koepka and hinted that he could be a part of the team.

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Koepka lost his automatic qualification spot this week after the BMW Championship concluded. He was overtaken by Xander Schauffele and Max Homa and fell out of the top six rankings. As a result of this, he is now at the mercy of a captain’s pick. Scheffler though thinks that Koepka could easily be picked as he missed automatic progression by just a few points.

Speaking at the press conference ahead of the Tour Championship, Scheffler was asked about Koepka. The 2022 Masters winner claimed he looked at the points last night and was surprised to see him lose out due to thirty points.

If he played one more tournament on Tour I think he probably would have been on the team,” Scheffler said. The major reason for this has been his ties with LIV Golf. The players from the Saudi-funded tour only get to appear at majors following their switch. Koepka and the selected team US members will have to wait till August 29 to hear the final decision from Zach Johnson. There are chances that Koepka could be the only LIV golfer on the Ryder Cup team.

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Scottie Scheffler hyped up for future golf tournaments

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Scottie Scheffler (Pic Credit: Sporting News)

The 2022-23 PGA Tour season has been a good one for Scottie Scheffler. While he may not have won majors this year, his consistent performances have made him one of the best players right now. This has also been awarded with him currently sitting top of the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). Scheffler has now also set a new record with the most money made in a season.

After making several top-ten finishes and making consecutive cuts, he has made over $21 million this season. A large part of this comes from his wins at the WM Phoenix Open and the Players Championship where he made $3.6 and $4.5 million respectively. Coincidentally, by doing so, he broke his own previous record set at $14 million in 2022.

Due to his outstanding season and FedEx Cup rankings, he will start the Tour Championship at 10-under. This gives him a significant advantage to take home another huge sum of money. He could also become the first golfer to earn over $25 million in earnings through a single season if he triumphs at the East Lake this weekend.

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