Players Championship 2023: Instant Reactions to Scottie Scheffler, Final Leaderboard

Players Championship 2023: Instant Reactions to Scottie Scheffler, Final Leaderboard
Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVMarch 12, 2023

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA - MARCH 12: Scottie Scheffler of the United States celebrates after making his putt to win on the 18th green during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 12, 2023 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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The Scottie Scheffler Era is upon us.

The streaking golfer claimed the Players Championship on Sunday, shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round to finish 17-under for the tournament, a cool five strokes ahead of Tyrrell Hatton in second place.

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

The winning moment for Scottie Scheffler @THEPLAYERSChamp 🏆 pic.twitter.com/rUOszAs6vT

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Three birdies in a row for Scottie Scheffler!

He leads by FOUR @THEPLAYERSChamp. pic.twitter.com/PNVoyRAP5i

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

He does it again!!

Scottie Scheffler chips in for birdie and extends his lead to 3 @THEPLAYERSChamp. pic.twitter.com/07XgNQ6wex

He earned nearly a million dollars for every stroke he won by.

Spotrac @spotrac

THE PLAYERS Championship 2023 Payouts

1. Scheffler, $4.5M
2. Hatton, $2.725M
T3. Hovland/Hoge, $1.475M
5. Matsuyama, $1.025M

Viktor Hovland (-10), Tom Hoge (-10) and Hideki Matsuyama (-9) rounded out the top five.

Below, we’ll break down the top instant reactions from Sunday’s final round.


Scheffler Enters Rarefied Air

Here’s a fun stat for the Scheffler stans out there:

Justin Ray @JustinRayGolf

Players to hold the Masters and Players Championship titles at the same time:

Jack Nicklaus
Tiger Woods
Scottie Scheffler

Any time you find yourself in a stat that includes Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, you have impressed. Scheffler is on another level at the moment.


Just Another Dominant Performance From Scheffler

We continue the love fest, because Scheffler shot 10 strokes under par over the weekend to take this one home. He absolutely smoked a field of top PGA performers, and honestly, nobody was particularly shocked to see it.

Ryan Whitney @ryanwhitney6

Scheffler is a machine. Just an incredible player. Seems to come from a great family. His dad told him “be a better person than a golfer”. Awesome stuff. Having said all that, he is so boring. Does nothing for me. If he runs away with the masters again and ruins Sunday I’ll snap

Dan Rapaport @Daniel_Rapaport

Let’s not led the general weirdness of this week overshadow the fact that Scottie Scheffler just beat all the top PGA Tour players by at least 5 shots. A full 9 shots ahead of 7th. He kept it on the rails when as one else could for all 4 days. That was ruthless.

Paige Spiranac @PaigeSpiranac

Scottie Scheffler is so disgustingly good at golf and seems like an even better person. Easy guy to root for

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Six wins in his last 27 starts, but it’s not just the quantity of wins for Scottie Scheffler. It’s the variety. Victories at TPC Scottsdale (twice), Bay Hill, Austin CC, Augusta National and TPC Sawgrass. Five completely different golf courses. That’s so ridiculously impressive.

Justin Ray @JustinRayGolf

Scottie Scheffler: +17.17 strokes gained tee to green this week, most by a tournament winner at #ThePlayers since tracking began

He’s the first Players winner ever to lead the field in both driving distance and greens in regulation.

Brad Townsend @townbrad

Dallas’ Scottie Scheffler vaults back to No. 1 in the world with a dominate Players Championship victory, his 6th win in his last 27 starts.

Coming into this tournament, the hottest player in the world was Jon Rahm, who of course had to withdraw because of a stomach illness. But Scheffler bumped him out of that distinction on Sunday.

It’s Scheffler’s world, and we’re all just struggling to hit par in it.


Min Woo Lee’s Magic Ran Out

Lee was one of the final golfers to even qualify, but after shooting 12-under over the first three rounds, he found himself in the final pairing with Scheffler.

“Tomorrow could be the biggest day of my life,” he told reporters Saturday. “I just crept into this tournament, and I’m making the most of it. I’m soaking it all in.”

Alas, it wasn’t to be—while Scheffler continued his ascent into stardom, Lee struggled on Sunday, shooting a 76 that dropped him into a tie for sixth place.

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Triple bogey for Min Woo Lee.

He’s now three shots back @THEPLAYERSChamp. pic.twitter.com/aftTneMzRn

Still, it was a far better result than he would have expected coming into the tournament. Stars like Rory McIlroy didn’t even make the cut, but Lee found himself in the final pairing. Not too shabby.

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