WATCH: Scottie Scheffler Repeatedly Slams Club In Angry Outburst

The World No. 1 lost his cool during the first round of the PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler slamming his driver into his bag during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship
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The usually unflappable Scottie Scheffler let his frustration get the better of him during the first round of the PGA Championship, as Southern Hills bared its teeth late on in the day.

Scheffler, the World No. 1 who entered this week having won four times in his last seven starts, including a dominant display at The Masters, struggled to build on the early momentum established with an eagle at the par-5 fifth and eventually had to settle for a one-over 71 that has him six back of Rory McIlroy.

A missed short putt on the 12th seemed to ignite his fury before he followed that up with a trip to the water on the 13th, which resulted in another dropped shot. A birdie at the 15th provided some brief respite, but back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 took him over par for the day as he stood on the tee of Southern Hills' treacherous finisher.

Pushing his tee shot a fraction right of his desired line, his ball took an aggressive bounce, resulting in a second trip to the water in six holes that left him reeling and more than a little unhappy with his driver in particular. Check out the footage below...

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To his immense credit, after taking a drop, Scheffler got down in two from 185 yards to salvage a par, which could end up being crucial come Sunday evening if he can eat into his deficit between now and then with more inclement weather rolling in.

"It's definitely going to make my dinner taste a little better," Scheffler said as he reflected on his round. "Bogeying the last three is definitely not very fun, so it was good to make that par at the end.

"I'm still pretty frustrated with how I played the back nine, but overall, one-over par playing as poorly as I did today is not - I didn't shoot myself out of the tournament, so I'm still in OK position."

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1