IRVING, Texas -- Scottie Scheffler's final tee shot in the HP Byron Nelson Championship landed near the base of a tree, with a trunk and some low-hanging branches partially obscuring his view of the green.
The 17-year-old amateur's coach, Randy Smith, stood about seven yards behind, craning to get a look at the lie. Smith began analyzing Scheffler's options to anyone within earshot.
"He could chip this out," Smith said. "Or hit the lowest laser he's ever hit in his life."
Scheffler didn't hesitate.
"I was going for the pin," Scheffler said, sitting in the top 30 of his very first PGA Tour event at the time.
Ah, youth. It was Scheffler's last chance to pull off a memorable shot, and he wasn't going to let it go to waste.
Scheffler's sister Callie, who was also his caddie this week, pulled a 5-iron. It was the club that turned out to have special meaning for Scheffler this week. The shot that generated the biggest roar came Saturday with that club, a hole-in-one at the par-3 second hole. Scheffler originally pulled a 4-iron.
"I just asked him, 'Are you sure you don't want to hit a 5?'" Callie said.
Her brother took the hint, hit the 5-iron and then gave her a hug when the ball went in the hole.
On Sunday, he needed to hit a completely different type of shot with that same club.
"I wanted to start it off at that bunker and hit a draw, and I thought it was really, really good," Scheffler said.
The ball went under the limbs and turned toward the hole, coming up just a bit short of the green, but Scheffler looked at his sister and both smiled as the ball was in the air, clearly pleased about executing it. He got up and down for par.
"What a phenomenal golf shot," said Smith, who pumped his fist and was clearly pleased that Scheffler showed the confidence to try it.
Confidence is perhaps the biggest thing that Scheffler takes away from a week in which he finished 4-under par with three of his four rounds in red numbers. He didn't jump on the first page of the leaderboard like Jordan Spieth did at age 16 in 2010, but he put together an impressive four days of play inside the PGA Tour ropes that ended with a T-22 finish and what would have been a $60,000-plus payday had he been a pro.
"This should validate the work he's done and show him he still has work to do," Smith said. "He doesn't brag. That's not who he is. But he knows he can play."
Scheffler sounded like a PGA Tour veteran Sunday, analyzing his experience and making a mental checklist of everything he wants to fix. It was his nerves on Thursday, his wayward driver on Friday, his short putts on Saturday (he missed five from inside 5 feet) and his speed on the greens on Sunday.
His play that final day impressed playing partner Ricky Barnes.
"He didn't let the shots that were offline or not where he wanted them bother him," Barnes said. "He can play, and he handled himself well."
Scheffler will take his act to Memphis, Tennessee, in three weeks, figuring that he will have a better idea of what to expect.
"We're making it a family road trip," said Scheffler's mother, Diane.
That means 19-year-old Callie will once again be on the bag.
"That was my favorite part ... seeing Scottie and his sister do this together," said Scott Scheffler, Scottie's father. "They make a good team."
And they will have plenty to remember. Scheffler's hole-in-one at No. 2 on Saturday, his long putt for birdie and the roar that went with it Friday to help him make the cut and the throngs of high school classmates from Highland Park, a suburb of Dallas, that came out to show their support are just a few.
"It was very, very fun," Scheffler said.