Scottie Scheffler is following in Jordan Spieth’s footsteps
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Tour

Texas bound Scheffler impresses at the Byron

Scottie Scheffler is the number one junior golfer in the country, and showed he can compete with the best golfers in the world at the HP Byron Nelson.  Scheffler shot rounds of 71-68-69-68 to finish at four-under (T22).  The 2013 U.S. Junior Champion has a bright future in the golfing world.

On Saturday, Scheffler jump started his round with an ace on the par-three second hole.  Scheffler teed off on the back nine, and was three-over after a bogey on one.  He then aced two, bogeyed three, and birdied four, five, and seven.  The 32 on the front nine gave Scheffler a round of one-under 69.

Scheffler finished with a two-under 68 today to move 16 spots into a tie for 22nd place.  The 17-year-old beat several notable pros including Martin Kaymer, Keegan Bradley, and Jimmy Walker.

Scheffler also beat Jordan Spieth by two strokes.  Scottie seems to be following in Jordan’s footsteps with a U.S. Junior title (Spieth won the U.S. Junior twice), committing to the Texas Longhorns (Spieth won the 2012 NCAA National Team Championship with the Longhorns), and finishing in the top-25 at the Byron Nelson as an amateur (Spieth finished T16 in 2010).  He still has a long way to go, but Scheffler is off to a great start.

–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)

(Photo: Steven Gibbons – USGA)