‘Trending in the Right Direction’: Scottie Scheffler Confident About Winning WGC-Dell Match Play 2021

Published 03/28/2021, 5:22 AM EDT
Mar 27, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Scottie Sheffler tees off on #10 during the fourth day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


24-year-old Scottie Scheffler means serious business. He’s currently ranked 30th in the Official World Golf Rankings but can vault into the Top 20s with a good finish at WGC-Dell Match Play 2021. Scheffler defeated two top players in Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm en route to the semi-finals at Austin. 

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The WGC-Dell Match Play has once again surprised everyone with how things have progressed in the tournament. None of the remaining players in the semi-final bracket belong to the Top 20 in the OWGR rankings which is massive. 

As for Scheffler, he put up strong performances in the round of 16 and quarterfinal to cruise into the semis on his tournament debut at WGC-Dell Match Play. 

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Not everybody has the capacity to knock out two of the game’s towering players in one day. But Scheffler made light work of both Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm in subsequent rounds and was happy with his effort. 

“Pretty good. First match play tournament, so being able to take down those two guys last two matches and Xander in the final match on Friday, like I said before, I think my game’s trending in the right direction this week and I’m looking forward to getting some rest and get back out on the course tomorrow,” Scheffler expressed. 

From being a just spectator a few years ago, Scottie Scheffler is primed to win the tournament in 2021

Scottie Scheffler is unbeaten at the WGC-Dell Match Play 2021. The 24-year-old tied two matches and won the other in the group stage, and registered crucial victories against Xander Schauffele, Ian Poulter, and Jon Rahm in the knockout rounds. 

“Yeah, I mean, this is the position I want to be in at the end of the week. I didn’t want to lose any matches and so I got another, I don’t know who I’m playing in the morning. I’m not sure if that match is finished. Kuchar? So another great opponent in the morning and looking forward to getting on the course with him,” Scheffler said when asked about his chances. 

Feb 28, 2021; Bradenton, Florida, USA; Scottie Scheffler plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of World Golf Championships at The Concession golf tournament at The Concession Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

As much as his semi-final opponent Matt Kuchar is touted to win, Scottie Scheffler, a University of Texas alum, has a bit of the crowd backing which will help drastically during nerve-racking rounds like the last four. 

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Scheffler attended the WGC-Dell Match Play a few years ago and strolled around the course watching the pros play. Just a few years after, he’s into the final day of the event, fighting for the handsome $1,820,000 prize money

Scottie Scheffler is also well accustomed to The Austin Country Club. He’s known the course for a long time since his college days at the University of Texas, and all these factors make him the prime favorite to win WGC-Dell Match Play 2021! 

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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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