Remember a long time ago, when 17-year-old Beau Hossler took the nation by storm by putting himself in the mix at the U.S. Open? Yeah, that was over two weeks ago, and while the youngster is still playing some great golf on the PGA Tour (he opened with an even par round of 71, a shot better than Tiger Woods at the AT&T National on Thursday), his is getting bested by an even younger golfer in the headlines department.
That honor goes to Scottie Scheffler, a 16-year-old out of Dallas, Texas, who broke two courses records in the same week with absolutely absurd rounds of golf.
Playing on his birthday last week, Scheffler shot a 10-under 61 at the Northwood Club, host of the 1952 U.S. Open, breaking the course record held by some guy named Hunter Mahan.
Just two days after that round, Scheffler shot a 9-under 61 at Dallas Country Club, tying the course record held by Kelly Kraft, the 23-year-old that just turned professional after he finished 62nd at the Masters.
The story is absolutely insane. A kid that can go out and post rounds of 61 in a matter of days? The Dallas Morning News' Bill Nichols caught up with Randy Smith, Scheffler's instructor, who said (shocker) that the kid is a rare talent.
“He's a phenomenal talent,” said Smith. “He was just playing for fun. We'd like to see him take that score to a tournament.”
Ahh, to be 16 again and absolutely insane at golf. This game isn't getting any older, folks. Expect to see more and more of these youngsters being able to go out and do crazy things on the golf course.