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In the Bag: Scheffler’s Winning strategy at the WM Open

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Scottie Scheffler looked like a guy lucky just to be playing the weekend after opening rounds of 68-71, but a third-round 62 put him in contention at the WM Phoenix Open. The 25-year-old then finished the job with four birdies in his last six holes on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale, and one more on the third playoff hole to beat Patrick Cantlay.

A non-descript three-birdie/three-bogey front nine had Scheffler on the periphery for most of the day as Cantlay and Sahith Theegala shared the lead for much of the back nine. Scheffler, however, rolled in a 22-footer for birdie at the 10th before giving that stroke back at the 12th. From there, he took advantage of the course’s risk-reward holes coming in.

A two-putt birdie at the par-5 13th was followed by an approach to 10 feet for another birdie at the 14th. Up-and-down birdies at the par-5 15th and short par-4 17th pulled him into a share of the lead. At the last, a lob wedge from 100 yards to five feet—the closest approach on that hole for the day—left him one last birdie putt for his first PGA Tour win but he couldn’t get it to go.

Still, Scheffler shook it off and came through in extra holes, fittingly making one more birdie for the victory. The former University of Texas All-American led the field in birdies with 27, aided by a strong game off the tee. Scheffler uses TaylorMade’s new Stealth Plus driver (with 8 degrees of loft) and ranked sixth in strokes gained/off-the-tee, picking up almost five shots on the field while also averaging 327.9 yards off the tee.

The other end of the bag was strong as well, with Scheffler ranking second in strokes gained/putting, gaining more than seven shots and second in putts per green in regulation with his Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype putter.

A putter that had one more birdie in it—a 26-footer—for the win.

What Scottie Scheffler had in the bag at the WM Phoenix Open

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (Fujikura Ventus Blue 7X), 8 degrees

3-wood: Nike VR Pro LTD, 15 degrees

Irons (3-4): Srixon ZU85(5-PW): TaylorMade P7MC

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (50, 56 degrees); Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks prototype (60 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype

This article originally appeared on Golf Digest.

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