Golf News: Scottie Scheffler acknowledges that he is driven by his competitive nature to unseat Rory McIlroy as the number one player in the global rankings.
With his successful title defence in the CJ Cup last month, McIlroy rose to the top spot for the first time since July 2020, ending Scheffler’s 30-week reign.
The victory in the this week will do the trick for the Masters champion, who nearly missed regaining the top spot on Sunday when he carded a closing 62 to finish joint third in Mexico.
In a pre-tournament press conference, Scheffler stated that the world number one ranking “certainly counts to me.”
“I want to be the greatest so I can compete here and win. It’s fun to do that. It’s fun to be in those circumstances and have the opportunity to compete for titles.
“Being able to compete here has been a huge source of happiness. I’ve always wanted to be out here on the PGA Tour.”
The opening two rounds of the tournament will be played with fellow Americans Sam Burns and Taylor Montgomery. Scheffler finished in a tie for second place with Jason Kokrak at Memorial Park last year after shooting a course-record 62 in the second round.
Former major winners Jason Day, Gary Woodland, Danny Willett, and Justin Rose are also on the field.