Is Zalatores looking to follow Scotty Sheffler, Jordan Spieth

McKinney, Texas — When Will Xalatores was wrapping up his second Texas High School golf tournament in the spring of 2013, new-faced Jordan Spieth — who also hails from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex — had just been awarded special temporary member status on the PGA Tour as a reward for the top seven in the Puerto Rico and Tampa Bay Championships.

Just a month later, another Dallas golfer – Scotty Scheffler – won the 2013 American Junior Amateur Championships.

Fast forward a year later, and Zalatoris captured the 2014 U.S. Amateur Junior Championships at the club in Carlton Woods, a course just a few hours to the southwest near Houston.

To push through some cracks in the time machine, Zalatoris earned special temporary member status in 2020 after posting his top 8 performances at the US Open and Corales Puntacana.

See a pattern starting to form? When Spieth and/or Scheffler do something, it looks like Xalatores will soon follow.

It just makes one wonder if the slender blonde who played golf in college in Wake Forest deserved a fireplace the size of Texas rivaling those that Speth and Schaeffler once enjoyed. In Spieth’s case, the extensions were numerous and distributed. In Scheffler’s case, the fire is still burning.

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And while Zalatoris plays some amazing golf — he has finished in the top six in five of his last eight if you count the team event in New Orleans — he hasn’t broken past his Tour victory. Of course, Schaeffler was in the same boat just a few months ago.

And Zalatoris plays his shot from a second tee during the first round of the 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Championship. Jim Kosert USA TODAY Sports

So could this week’s home game at TPC Craig Ranch, where Zalatoris says he’s played 35 rounds over the years, ultimately help make him into the tour winner’s circuit?

And if he breaks that goose egg at AT&T Byron Nelson, can he take him to main winner status next week at Southern Hills in Tulsa?

“I’ve played some really great golf over the past month, month and a half. I was really putting in a good performance in the last game, really coming back to Match Play,” Zalatores said of the event in Austin where he reached the quarter-finals before losing to Kevin Kesner. “I feel like every part of my game is doing really well and I have to let the win get in the way. I’ve put in a lot of hard work with Josh Gregory and Troy Dunn, especially over the last month and a half, and it has paid off and I have to be patient.

“Obviously, watching guys – like Scotty – cut into big tears, he had to wait his turn for a few years and then once the gates open now he seems to be winning every event he’s meant to. So I have to keep waiting for my turn knowing I’m playing some really great golf. And I know my best golf is just in front of me this year.”

All the stats indicate that Zalatoris is ready to put together an important stream. He is 11th this season and 2nd in Strokes Gained: Approaching the Green. If he solidifies some of the gameplay issues that plague him (and he’s currently ranked 170th in that vital state), victories will almost certainly follow.

And Scheffler is not alone in proving the motive. Will Z has been surrounded by good players for as long as he can remember.

“It kind of comes down to our Walker Cup team, eight out of 10 guys are on the PGA Tour at the moment, and at some point I think three guys have won either on the Tour or the Korn Ferry Tour, and I haven’t had,” he said. standing anywhere.” “So if there was anything that was motivating because I knew I could do what they were doing, I had to sort of keep going.

“But at the same time, the part that I love so much about Scotty is that he’s just a good guy. And it tastes like vinegar coming out of my mouth, considering the amount of golf we play together, because I love him to death, it’s really nice to see him. And he obviously played Matches at home together and he plays well and even the other day I thought I played really well in a little event we played here at home shoot 66 and he comes in with 63 which is like…good sadness, man, like having a day out. ”

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