Minutes After Regaining Top Spot, ‘Sad’ Scottie Scheffler Makes an Ironic Statement Regarding World Ranking Points: ‘It’s Nice, But…’

Published 05/22/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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A section of the golf community has often mocked the application of world rankings. However, with all the talk about LIV golfers’ efforts to gain ranking points to qualify for tournaments, the voices around OWGR have gained significantly.

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But there are many who have downplayed the importance of world ranking as a whole. Yet, current world number one Scottie Scheffler was caught in the mud after his revelations in the post-match press conference.

Scottie Scheffler gives his penny for thoughts on World Ranking

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The 2022 Masters champion had a tremendous week throughout the recently concluded PGA Championship. But his seven-under-par could only garner a joint-second-place finish.

But not everything on Sunday was heartbreaking for Scheffler. His consistent display elevated him to the summit of the ranking leaderboard, where the 26-year-old returns as the World No. 1.

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When informed about his latest achievement, Scheffler seemed interested. “Do I become No. 1 again?” he asked based on the tournament’s impact on ranking points, which prompted a nod from the reporter. However, Scheffler didn’t seem interested at the next moment. “That’s great. I mean, it’s just an algorithm. It’s nice, but I really don’t care,” he said while breaking into a chuckle.

Furthermore, the new World No. 1 cleared the air on his disinterest in his position at the world rankings. “I don’t play for world ranking. I play to come out here and compete. Right now I’m a little sad that I wasn’t able to get the tournament done, but I’m proud of how I fought. I’m proud of how I played the back nine today to give myself a chance. I got beat by somebody that played better this week, and tip of the cap to Brooks.”

Indeed, Scheffler’s appreciation of Brooks Koepka at the end spoke a thousand words, as the latter went on to triumph at the PGA Championship.

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How did Brooks Koepka win his third major championship?

A two-time winner already, Koepka came into the tournament in blazing form, having just fallen short of a maiden Green Jacket last month. The 33-year-old was the 54-hole leader at the Augusta National before a late slump cost him his fifth major championship title.

Yet, Koepka wasn’t one to wait. The former World No. 1 made an immediate impact at the Oak Hills course before taking the lead into the final round of the event. This time, he made zero mistakes as Koepka shot 67 on Sunday to win the PGA Championship by two strokes.

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The win marks the third PGA Championship victory for Koepka, who earlier achieved consecutive victories in 2018 and 2019. Sunday’s victory is also the first for a LIV golfer since the breakaway league came into existence last year.

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