NORTON, Mass. - Scottie Scheffler skimmed through a couple hundred text messages Friday night after recording the 12 th sub-60 score in PGA Tour history. Once he arrived at TPC Boston for his third round, he was still receiving congratulations from his peers.
"It's fun," he said, "but once I got on the course, I didn't think once about it."
Keeping pace with Dustin Johnson required his full attention.
Scheffler followed up his 59 with a third-round 67 - a solid round but not low enough to hang with Johnson, who went 60-64 and now has a five-shot lead at The Northern Trust.
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Despite sitting at 17-under 196 through three rounds and being ranked second in strokes gained: tee to green, Scheffler said his swing "feels a bit off."
"I've had a little trouble working it left to right," he said. "But I'm managing it pretty well. I would say I probably hit it better in San Fran" - when he played in the final group Sunday at the PGA Championship - "than I am right now, but the margins out here are a little wider than they were there. At a major, you've got to be so specific, so that makes you take your ball-striking to a new level. I wouldn't say I'm hitting it poorly. I'm obviously hitting it very well."
Entering the week at No. 24 in the FedExCup standings, Scheffler, a rookie, could virtually lock up his spot at the Tour Championship with a high finish this week. In a tie for second with Harris English , he's currently projected to rise to No. 7.