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Week 13

SCHEFFLER BECOMES THE 25TH PLAYER TO REACH WORLD NO.1

In exactly 36 years of the Official World Golf Ranking Scottie Scheffler becomes the 25th player to reach No.1, the ninth player from the USA and the sixth youngest.

Scheffler moved to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking with an emphatic victory at the 2022 WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play, his third title in his last five starts and six weeks after his first PGA TOUR victory.

“I never got that far in my dreams,” Scheffler said in the trophy ceremony before choking up and wiping away tears, a rare show of emotion for the 25-year-old Texan. “I just play golf. I love competing. I'm happy to be out here, you know?”

One year after losing in the championship match, Scheffler never trailed against Kevin Kisner, building a 3-up lead through six holes and giving him no chance to catch up. Scheffler closed him out with a par on the 15th for a 4-and-3 victory.

He had to hold off a stirring fightback from Dustin Johnson in the semi-finals but victory rarely looked in doubt against Kisner as Scheffler banished the heartbreak of losing in the final at last year's event.

Corey Conners finished third with a 3 & 1 victory over Johnson in the third-place match.

Scheffler's ascent to the top of the world game comes just 42 days after he claimed his first US PGA Tour title, beating the previous record held by Tiger Woods by 210 days.

"I never really got that far in my dreams," said an emotional Scheffler. "I never made it that far. I just love playing golf and I love competing and I'm just happy to be out here.

"I don't feel like number one in the world. I feel like the same guy I was four months ago and I hope that doesn't change.

"Life is good. Life has been good to me for the past few years. I'm just really pleased with today's results and I just couldn't be happier.

"Getting denied here in the final last year was definitely tough and it would have stung even worse having to do that two years in a row.

"I got off to a good start this afternoon, made some nice putts and just kept my head down and kept playing some good golf."