Scottie Scheffler Sets New PGA Tour Prize Money Record After Scottish Open Finish

Following a T3 finish at the Scottish Open, World No.1 Scottie Scheffler surpassed $19million, the highest in a single season in PGA Tour history

Scottie Scheffler plays an iron shot
Scottie Scheffler will head to the Open after setting a new record on the PGA Tour
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Scottie Scheffler may have failed to launch a big push for the Scottish Open title in the final round but the American’s level par score on Sunday saw him set a new record. 

The World No.1 is still looking for his second win this year since claiming the Players Championship in March, but his tied third finish at the Scottish Open was his seventh consecutive top five on the PGA Tour, with two of them being Majors. 

It was also his 18th straight result of tied 12th or better, with the $469,132  in prize money from Scotland boosting the American’s total purse this season to $19,016,842, which is the highest in a single season in the history of the PGA Tour. 

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It also keeps up the pressure on Jon Rahm at the top of the FedEx Cup standings, but the 27-year-old will have wanted to push Rory McIlroy harder in the race for the title on Sunday in North Berwick. 

Scheffler was one-over at the turn after dropping shots on the sixth and ninth. He did get into the red on the back nine, with birdies at the 11th and 13th, but he was cross with himself on the latter after leaving an eagle chip just short. His final round 70 was the first time Scheffler did not break par in North Berwick after opening up with 68, 65, 67.

Speaking before the first round of the Scottish Open, Scheffler, who now has career prize money of $40,099,279 on the PGA Tour, discussed his lucrative season, saying: “I've played solid golf this year. I'm very proud of that. I would say golf-wise I'm very proud of how I've been so consistent. It's definitely some of the most consistent golf that I've played. 

"I would obviously like to win more but golf is one of those games that you're never really satisfied and it's kind of like life, too - you're never really satisfied with the results of things and you always want more.

Scottie Scheffler holds The Players Championship trophy

Scheffler celebrates his Players Championship victory in March 2023

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“I want to win every time I tee it up, and I think that's kind of how hard it is. You win once and you want to win twice. It's funny, as a kid, if you think you win once on the PGA Tour, you'll be satisfied. And you win once and it's pretty fun and you want to win again, and the cycle continues.”

Scheffler has been highly consistent since last November when he tied third in the World Wide Technology Championship. His worst finish since has been 12th but, more often that not, he has been close to winning as he is ranked first on Tour in strokes gained off the tee and in approaches to the field. It is only the star’s putting which appears to be letting him down and preventing him from winning more as he is ranked 131st for that. 

James Nursey

James Nursey is a freelance contributor to Golf Monthly after spending over 20 years as a sports reporter in newspapers. During a 17-year career with the Daily Mirror, he covered mainly football but reported from The Open annually and also covered a Ryder Cup and three US Opens. He counts a pre-tournament exclusive with Justin Rose at Merion in 2013 as one of his most memorable as the Englishman went on to win his first Major and later repeated much of the interview in his winner’s speech.  Now, after choosing to leave full-time work in newspapers, James, who is a keen single-figure player, is writing about golf more.  His favourite track is the Old Course after attending St Andrews University but has since played mainly at Edgbaston, where he is a member. James’ golfing highlights include a hole-in-one and previously winning the club championship and scratch knock-out at Edgbaston. He is also an active member of the Association of Golf Writers and Press Golfing Society, for whom he has represented in matches. But he is just as happy hitting balls or playing the odd hole with his young daughter at their local club Shrewsbury.

James is currently playing: 
Driver: Ping G400
3 wood: Ping i20
Hybrid: Ping i20
Irons: Ping i500 4-SW
Wedges: Ping Glide forged 50, 56
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour
Ball: Titleist ProVIx