17-year-old makes cut, then makes ace

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Scottie Scheffler not only made the cut Friday as an amateur, the 17-year-old added a hole-in-one in Saturday's third round.
By Mark Aumann
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Jordan Spieth's position as "the next big thing" in golf may already be in jeopardy, thanks to a 17-year-old high school senior from Highland Park, Texas.

At a time when most teenagers are worried more about who to take to the prom, how to make enough money to fill the gas tank and where to go during their summer vacation, Scottie Scheffler's goals for this weekend were a touch loftier. The 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion received a sponsor's exemption to play in the HP Byron Nelson Championship in nearby Irving, so golf was going to take precedence over homework, video games and movies.

So faced with that kind of challenge, what did Scheffler do? Well, he shot 68 on Friday to make the cut. And then on Saturday, with his family watching from beyond the ropes -- and sister Callie on the bag -- Scheffler pulled out a 5-iron and aced the 221-yard par-3 No. 2 hole, only the sixth hole-in-one on the PGA Tour this season.

 

 

Scottie Scheffler. If you haven't heard the name before, now you have. And chances are, you'll hear it again in the not-too-distant future.