With a par-4 on the 15th hole, Scottie Scheffler stunned World No. 1 Jon Rahm, 4&3, and set up what looks like a record-setting Sunday for Team USA at the 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup.
Scheffler, who was the only American underdog on Sunday, got off to a great start with four birdies out of the gate to go up 4-up after four holes. Rahm cut into the lead with a birdie on the 5th hole but that was as close as he’d get.
“I got off to a good start today,” said Scheffler in post-match interview with NBC Sports.
“I birdied five of the first six. Got off to a nice start. I was a three-putt at that point and kept the pressure on, and really only made one mistake on No. 12.
“And other than, that I kept the pressure on him the whole day.”
A somewhat controversial pick of U.S. Captain Steve Stricker, Scheffler performed better than even his most ardent defenders could have hoped, going undefeated, 2-0-1 – first teaming with Bryson DeChambeau to win and tie in four-ball sessions, then taking down the best player in the world on Sunday.
“Yeah, this week was a lot of fun. It was a good week for me. I played solid golf,” Scheffler continued. “Bryson and I paired up really well together, and I played very solid today.
“Definitely some confidence going forward.
“I’m happy there’s red on the board and it feels good.”