19 August 2019: It is not the size of the dog in a fight, it is the fight in the dog that matters. And with Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri, that is one thing you can always be sure about. When the chips are down, the Indian has constantly produced some of his most exhilarating golf. With his PGA TOUR future riding a grey cloud, Anirban dug deep and produced one of his best performances in recent months to finish T7 in the first of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals events. Scottie Scheffler shot a second straight 67 to win the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
Scheffler finished the week at 12-under 272, two-strokes ahead of Brendon Todd, Beau Hossler and Ben Taylor. Defending champion Robert Streb and Brandon Hagy finished T5 at 9-under 275.
Scheffler has enjoyed a memorable rookie season and this victory was his second, coming on the heels of his first taste of success at the Evans Scholars Invitational in May this year.
“This definitely does a lot for my confidence,” Scheffler said. “It’s nice to get another win, it’s a lot of fun. So, I’m looking forward to the next couple weeks and then getting the (PGA TOUR) season started here in about a month.”
“My goal at the beginning of the year was to hopefully get the No. 1 spot and it’s nice to be in position to lock that up,” Scheffler added.
Only nine months ago, Scheffler was roasting himself in a Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Series event. After Sunday, he has a 2019-20 PGA TOUR card on his belt and the future seems far more promising for this University of Texas alumnus.
“I had to get up and down on my last two holes at Q? School to just get starts at the beginning of the year,” Scheffler reminisced. “Two very tough up?and?downs. I was able to do that. And it’s weird looking back how like how small the margins are out here.”