In this week’s Post-Masters issue, we celebrate Scottie Scheffler’s past and reflect on Phil Mickelson’s future.
Appreciate the rise. By nature, sportswriters tend to be caught up in the moment and have little interest in enjoying the performance. That notion had never felt more real than on Sunday, when Scottie Scheffler slipped the coveted green jacket over his shoulders.
After a quick flash of Scheffler’s performance at Augusta National, which was undoubtedly dominant, the conversation predictably turned to what’s next for the world No. 1 and how he might fare in the three remaining major championships this year.
Lost in that urgency to look ahead is how far the 25-year-old has come in the past 12 months. At this point last year, Scheffler was ranked No. 21 in the world, ranked No. 28 in FedExCup points and still searching for his first Tour win. In the year since, he’s won four times and earned $12.9 million in prizes and bonuses in 26 starts and established himself as the most statistically dominant player since Tiger Woods.
Scheffler’s future looks compelling, but it’s his past 12 months that inspire him.
Hoffmann’s homecoming. There are 10 players on this year’s list of the most important medical exceptions on the PGA Tour, and they all have a story of overcoming injuries and chasing a dream. However, Morgan Hoffmann is truly unique.
Hoffmann has not played a touring event since fall 2019 after being diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. The 32-year-old turned to alternative healing and moved to Costa Rica in search of a spiritual experience. But the tour kept calling him.
“I still had some dreams that I wanted to achieve out here,” he told RBC Heritage this week.
Hoffmann has three starts in his big medical exemption to accumulate 238 points (a top-two finish) and he was predictably rusty at Harbor Town with an opening lap of 71. But considering how far he’s searched for answers, it’s unlikely he’ll give up on his touring dream anytime soon.
Full field results from RBC Heritage
Cut made – not finished (MDF)
be Bryson. Bryson DeChambeau explained at last month’s WGC match play that surgery is always an option to repair the broken hamate of his left wrist. And on Thursday, that option became a reality.
DeChambeau announced on social media that he had wrist surgery at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio and is recovering.
“I’ve attempted to play through this injury at three recent events, including the Masters, but this is usually an injury that requires surgical treatment,” he said in a statement. “I will take the time necessary to rest and recover from this procedure and look forward to competing at the highest level within the next two months.”
Injuries are a part of life for professional athletes, but this is where DeChambeau needs to be more aware of what his brand of explosive golf is doing to his body. According to several tour coaches, the recovery period for a hamate bone is 10-12 weeks, not two months.
Only DeChambeau knows how his wrist will react to the surgery. But considering he’s the game’s biggest attraction after Tiger Woods, we’re hoping he’ll mix some sound medical advice into his decision-making when it’s time for a return.
left out. While Phil Mickelson remains in his own seclusion – both the Tour and Augusta National claim he has not been suspended – his absence has already taken a toll on his future in the game.
US Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III appeared to allude to the problems Mickelson’s comments about the tour and the Saudi-backed Super League have caused when asked about Fred Couples as a potential US Ryder Cup captain .
“Fred is good in the dressing room, in a practice lap, as captain – I thought he would be a great Ryder Cup captain. He could still be Ryder Cup captain,” said Love, who this week named Couples one of his assistant captains for this year’s Presidents Cup. “Maybe we have to fill a gap somewhere now. Our order is pretty messed up right now. So maybe Fred would be a great home game [captain] in New York.”
Mickelson appeared to be captaining the 2025 US Ryder Cup team when the games are played at Bethpage in New York, but that plan, as well as Mickelson’s future in the game, is now unclear.
words without action. Last week there were further rumors in the Augusta National that LIV Golf, the organization behind the proposed Super Golf League, was ready to name names.
Several “veteran” players wanted to announce that they plan to play in one or more of LIV Golf’s invitational series of events, beginning with a tournament in London in June. This was meant to be a scaled down version of what was originally intended by LIV Golf and as with the other rumors and possible announcements there is nothing to report.
LIV Golf frontman Greg Norman offered a series of interviews this week, but none offered real details. The phrasing used by some players earlier this year was “Super League Fatigue” and there certainly seems to be a lot of that along with few valuable details.
Tweet of the week: Max Homa