Scheffler driven by NBA Finals at U.S. Open


The NBA Finals inspired Scottie Scheffler at the weather-affected U.S. Open after the American amateur carded a one-under-par 69.

Texan teenager Scheffler was one of the few players to complete his first round at Oakmont on Thursday as dangerous weather forced a premature halt to proceedings in Pennsylvania following a third stoppage in play.

And the 19-year-old made sure he could stay up late to watch game six of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers by quickly playing his final hole at the 18th with storm clouds looming large.

"I was excited to get done on 18. I tapped in like a two-and-a-half footer kind of quickly, which maybe wasn't the smartest idea," Scheffler told reporters.

"I wanted our group to get done so we didn't have to come back in the morning because we were up at 4:00 a.m. this morning.

"Some rest would be good tonight, and honestly, I really wanted to watch the basketball game tonight. I wanted to get done so I could stay up late to watch that."

Defending champions Golden State lead the series 3-2 but Scheffler is not concerned who wins, adding: "I don't have pull on either team. I love the NBA, so I just want to watch."

As for his golf on an interrupted day, Scheffler - with his sister Callie as caddie - was happy with how it panned out.

"It's very important to me. I'm glad she was able to get the week off to come help me out. She's a week into an internship, and she's already asking for a week off. Hopefully she doesn't get in trouble," he said after being the beneficiary of a Columbus sectional qualifier.

"The comfort level is a huge and she's caddied for me in a couple of pro events before. We both kind of knew the drill. Definitely the preparation between those events and coming into this one, it really helped - another rain delay. It kind of helped get everything settled in.

"The atmosphere around here is a little different than what we're used to, but having the experience behind us in the other two events was really helpful, especially with her caddying. She knows the drill. She knows how to caddie out here because it's very different than any other place. I don't think we got in any trouble, which is a good start."