Scheffler does not let adversity get him down


When any golfer hits his ball in the water on the 18th hole, his next shot (after a penalty shot) hits a tree stump and he has to putt three times on top of that, his score card will be badly spoiled.

But not that of the American Scottie Scheffler.

Scheffler dropped just one shot on the final hole Saturday night at Muirfield Village in Ohio and still shot 71 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament on the US PGA Series.

Scheffler is four strokes ahead on 206 (-10) and is followed by his compatriot Collin Morikawa, Canadian Adam Hadwin and Sepp Straka (Austria), who all finished on 210 strokes (-6).

Swede Ludvig Aaberg and Xander Schauffele are joint fifth on 211 (-5), with South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who scored 74 shots in the third round, seventh on 213 (-3).

* In the LIV tournament played in Houston, Texas, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and the Spaniard Jon Rahm withdrew from the second round due to injuries.

The Englishman Paul Casey, the Pole Adrian Meronk, the American David Puig and Carlos Ortiz (Mexico) lead together on 134 (-10) after the second of three rounds.

They are followed by the American Patrick Reed (135, -9), with his compatriot Matthew Wolff and Joaquin Niemann from Chile together sixth at 136 (-8).

South Africa’s Dean Burmester is at -3 in 18th position, with Charl Schwartzel (-2) and Branden Grace (+6) far behind.

The South African Stingers team (-7) is well behind the Fireballs (-26), who are followed by Torque (-22) and the Crushers, 4Aces and Cleeks together in fourth at -21.

* In the Scandinavian Open’s mixed tournament decided in Vasatorp in Sweden, Sebastien Söderberg (Sweden) leads on 195 strokes (-21) by eight strokes ahead of Calum Hill of Scotland (203, -13).

Hill is followed by Alexander Björk (Sweden), Alice Hewson (England) and Santiago Tarrio (Spain) in joint third place on 204 (-12).

Dylan Frittelli of South Africa is on 208 (-9), with his compatriots Lee-Anne Pace (212, -4), Louis de Jager (213, -3) and Casandra Alexander (214, -2) also well placed is in this tournament in the Dubai World Tour (European series).

* At Sun City, 38-year-old Jacques Blaauw won his first tournament in eight years.

Blaauw won the playoff of the SunBet Challenge Tournament, which is part of the Sunshine Series, against Tristin Galant.

Both players finished joint first at 211 (-5) before Blaauw clinched the playoff on the first playoff hole after making par and three-putting Galant.

Yurav Premlall and Jonathan Broomhead were joint third on 212 (-4), followed by Luke Brown and Jaco Ahlers (both 213, -3), with Sweden’s Fredrik From on 214 (-2).

Source: The Golf Channel, Sunshine Series