Will Zalatoris can’t even beat Scottie Scheffler at charity event right now: ‘It’s borderline Tiger-esque’ | Golf News and Tour Information
Capping off an epic golf streak with his first major Masters title, Scottie Scheffler has officially put everyone on golf’s notice. That includes fellow rising star and childhood friend Will Zalatoris, who, unlike Scheffler, is still looking for an elusive first PGA Tour win.
Part of Zalatoris is very proud of his homie, but another part of him must be wondering “I used to beat that guy all the time.” The former Wake Forest Demon Deacon told AT&T Byron Nelson on Wednesday, where he and Scheffler are on the field.
“It kind of comes back even in our Walker Cup team, eight of the 10 guys are on the PGA Tour right now,” Zalatoris said, referring to the 2017 team that won at Los Angeles Country Club. “And at one point I think three guys had won either on tour or on the Korn Ferry Tour, and I had no status anywhere. So if anything, it was motivational because I knew I could do what they were doing, I just had to keep plugging in.
“So see what [Scheffler] obviously does is borderline Tiger-esque, obviously with the amazing golf he played. But at the same time, the part that I love so much about Scottie is that he’s just such a good dude. And it tastes like vinegar coming out of my mouth, considering how much golf we play together, because I love him to death, that’s really cool to see.”
These two have been golfing for years, as evidenced by this hilarious photo of them together as kids. There’s no doubt that Zalatoris has gotten the better of the current world No. 1 countless times, but right now on the big boy circuit Scheffler is boat racing with him.
Unfortunately for Zalatoris, Scheffler’s dominance isn’t limited to PGA Tour events either.
“Even the other day I thought I played pretty well at a little event we played here at home, I shot 66. And he [Scheffler] comes in with 63 and it’s like, damn it, man, like having a day off.”
The event was for a charity called Project Shelter, and it took place at the Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas, where Zalatoris and Scheffler currently reside. Any tale of ‘rust’ surrounding Scheffler ahead of this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson and next week’s PGA Championship has been snuffed out by Zalatoris’ admission that he can’t even beat the guy in a charity event right now. moment.
“Obviously it’s more fun,” Zalatoris said. “But you come in feeling like you played well, shoot 66 and you’re like, come on, man, it’s Monday, take it easy with us for once.”