Memorial Tournament: Scheffler Hangs On

by | Jun 9, 2024 | Pro News

Win or lose at The Memorial, Scottie Scheffler would be going into this week’s U.S. Open the heavy favorite to win on Donald Ross’s classic Pinehurst No. 2 course. But Scheffler’s one-stroke victory over Colin Morikawa at Muirfield Village makes him the runaway choice to win the U.S. Open in the North Carolina sandhills.

Despite the final-round pressure and a two-over-par 74, Scheffler managed to maintain his composure, finishing with a 72-hole total of eight-under. This feat is even more remarkable, considering that only six players managed to break par on that day. This win at The Memorial marked Scheffler’s fifth victory of the season, adding to his impressive list of The Masters, Bay Hill, The Players, and the RBC Heritage.

Reflecting on His win, Scheffler acknowledged the challenge of closing out at The Memorial. Despite going into the final round with a four-shot lead, he needed a clutch par-putt on the 18th hole to secure the victory. “It was a fun test of golf. I like it when it gets this hard. I didn’t do a whole lot ‘great’ today, but I did enough.”

Scheffler’s victory in a PGA Tour event earned him $4 million and increased 2024 winnings to more than $24 million – a Tour record that is only beginning, considering it’s only early June.

“I didn’t have my best stuff, but man, I felt like I hit a lot of good shots that were just barely off,’’ Scheffler said. “If I holed a few more putts, it probably would have been a really good round. But outside of that, you know, a few bounces my way – or a few bounces or breaks go my way – the day could have looked a little bit different, but I felt like I stepped up when I needed to there in the end.’’


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Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.