Scottie Scheffler Names Biggest Takeaway From WGC-Dell Match Play Runner-Up Finish

Published 03/29/2021, 4:12 AM EDT
Mar 28, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Scottie Scheffler made his birdie putt on #11 in the semifinal match of the final day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


After four days of mesmerizing golf, the WGC-Dell Match Play came to a grand conclusion on Sunday. Billy Horschel came through the Scottie Scheffler challenge and defeated him with all his might. But this is just the beginning of a positive career for 24-year-old Scheffler and that’s how he’s taking in the loss. 

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Scheffler turned pro in 2018 and there were a lot of expectations on him at WGC-Dell Match Play 2021. Being a University of Texas alum, he knew the Austin Country Club better than most, and that expertise carried him till the final.

Scheffler can hold his head high for what he achieved at Austin through the weekend. He enjoyed a fantastic run at WGC-Dell Match Play and beat three former champions including two Top 10 players en route to making the final.

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Mar 28, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Scottie Scheffler plays a dropped ball on the 13th hole during the final day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Scottie Scheffler considers this a learning experience 

Scheffler’s carrer is relatively young. He turned pro less than three years ago and is yet to win a PGA Tour event. However, it is about time that the victories start coming in for the talented New Jersey native. 

Having dominated the field at WGC-Dell Match Play, Scottie Scheffler is not being too hard on his inability to close-out in the final. In fact, he’s taking home a major positive from this event that will help him in future tournaments. 

“I think one of my biggest takeaways is most of the week I performed when I needed to. Obviously, this last match I didn’t perform there towards the end. But up until that point when I really needed to make a putt or hit a really nice shot I did that,” Scheffler said. 

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“So a lot of confidence going forward performing under pressure and especially match play, just the guys I had to go through this week, a lot of talent out here and to make it to the finals there is definitely some confidence going forward,” he added. 

While Scheffler lost 2 and 1 in the final, it never looked like he got into a good rhythm on Sunday. Barring that, he was incredible to watch throughout the Match Play event. His capacity to perform during crucial moments will matter more when it comes to major championships.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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