Scottie Scheffler is golf’s hottest player and now has the rankings to prove it.
Six weeks after his first PGA Tour victory, Scheffler won the Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas for his third title in his last five starts, this one enough to propel him to No. 1 in the world.
“I’ve never gone this far in my dreams,” Scheffler said at the trophy ceremony before choking and wiping away tears, a rare display of emotion for the 25-year-old Texan. “I just play golf. I love competition. I’m happy to be here, you know?
A year after losing in the championship game, Scheffler never trailed against Kevin Kisner, building a 3 lead over six holes and giving him no chance to make up for it. Scheffler closed it with a par 15 for a 4 and 3 win.
Scheffler has never trailed in the semi-final victory over Dustin Johnson or against Kisner – he went through the last 57 holes at Austin Country Club without trailing – and he was so solid in the championship game that Kisner did not win a hole.
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“He plays amazing golf,” Kisner said. “I couldn’t get the putter to cooperate.”
Canada makes the World Cup: Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan and Junior Hoilett scored and Canada earned its first World Cup berth in 36 years with a 4-0 win over Jamaica in Toronto.
Canada has only participated in the World Cup once, in 1986.
Canada missed a chance to secure a berth in Qatar last week with a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica. It was Canada’s first loss in three rounds of World Cup qualifying and ended a six-game winning streak.
Boosted by the home crowd at BMO Filed, Canada bounced back in spectacular fashion against the Jamaicans, who had already been knocked out of the World Cup.
Badosa moves on to the Miami Open: Paula Badosa advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open after defeating Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-2.
It’s Badosa’s deepest run in Miami, where there were more than a few fans waving Spanish flags in his honor.
Depending on what happens next in this tournament, Badosa could be poised to move into second place in women’s tennis behind Iga Swiatek at the end of Miami.
Badosa will meet unseeded Linda Fruhvirtova in the fourth round after the 16-year-old Czech beat three-time Miami Open winner and 12th seed Victoria Azarenka. Fruhvirtova led 6-2, 3-0 when Azarenka – the only former Miami winner who remained in the draw – retired.
Coco Gauff, playing about 45 minutes from home, overcame a tough test from Zhang Shuai and won 7-6(1), 7-5. Jessica Pegula of the United States also made the fourth round, with the No. 16 seed beating No. 17 Elena Rybakina 6-3, 6-4. No. 21 Veronika Kudermetova also advanced, beating Shelby Rogers of the United States 6-1, 7-5.
Verstappen overtakes Leclerc: Red Bull driver Max Verstappen overtook Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari with three laps remaining in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix for the reigning champion’s first victory of the Formula 1 season and 21st of his career on Sunday.
Leclerc was aiming for back-to-back wins after winning the season opener in Bahrain from pole position the previous Sunday, but Verstappen passed him on lap 47 of 50 after a thrilling wheel-to-wheel race between them.
Leclerc missed out on a fourth career win, as Verstappen edged him by half a second, but remains top of the standings after two races. Leclerc has 45 points, Carlos Sainz Jr. 33 and Verstappen 25.
Sainz finished in third place to make it another podium double for Ferrari after finishing second in Bahrain.