The Lone Star state’s brightest star continues to shine.
Dallas resident Scottie Scheffler earned his fourth PGA Tour win in 2022, this time capturing his first major championship at The Masters in Augusta, Georgia.
Scheffler was the dominant player and created more memorable moments at this year’s Masters Tournament. Scottie built a 5-shot lead into the weekend and held a 3-shot lead playing with Australian Cameron Smith in the final group Sunday.
Scheffler’s 10-under par score of 278 was 3-shots better than runner-up Rory Mcllroy, who tied a Masters record on Sunday with a final round 64.
McIlroy (2nd), Justin Thomas (T8) and world No. 2 Jon Rahm (T27) are some of the greatest players to never win a green jacket.
But world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler now wears a green jacket as Masters champion and will be returning to Augusta for a lifetime, as a competitor and golf ambassador.
Since sports betting in Texas isn’t legal, fans weren’t able to bet on Scheffler. Had they been able to, he no doubt would have been a huge draw. And if the state ever legalizes online sports betting, if he continues to play this way, that will remain the case.
Scheffler shoots under par in every round
Scheffler was the only player in The Masters field to shoot under par in each round.
At the post-Master’s news conference, Scottie spoke highly of his caddie Ted Scott, who was on the bag of Bubba Watson for his two Masters victories.
“He just knows this golf course so well, and I trust him on the golf course. I mean I chipped it so good this week; had a lot of nice up-and-downs and excelled with my lob wedge. I stayed patient with Ted’s help. I just tried to execute good golf shots and I didn’t break my concentration until we got on to the green on 18.”
Scottie was asked by the media: You’re a Masters champion now. That means you get to come back for life. Let that sink in for a few seconds. How does that feel?
“That’s the coolest part about this whole deal. This is such a fun golf course. I mean it’s Augusta National. It’s about as cool as it gets. I just can’t — I can’t believe that I can come back for a lifetime and get to enjoy this golf course.”
“If you probably took a straw poll of the guys on Tour what golf tournament they would want to win, it would be the Masters.”
Scottie Scheffler’s meteoric rise continues
Scottie Scheffler is riding the hottest streak in golf since Tiger Woods was in his prime. Since mid-February, Scheffler has won:
- The Phoenix Open
- Arnold Palmer Invitational
- WGC Match Play in Austin (that propelled Scheffer to the No. 1-ranking)
- And now The Masters
Scheffler was the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2020. The former Texas Longhorn golf star had earned $8.7 million on the PGA Tour heading into 2022.
The tall Texan added $2.7 million to his bank account for winning The Masters, and Scheffler has earned $10.1 million since the start of the PGA Tour season — already the sixth-most ever in a single Tour season.
With four of the five biggest tournaments yet to be played in 2022, it could be a watershed financial year for Scottie Scheffler.
One of those is the PGA Championship on May 19-22 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Scheffler has been quoted as saying Southern Hills is his “favorite” golf course.
“Are you serious?!”
Scottie Scheffler recovers with brilliance on the 18th hole. pic.twitter.com/aK5EakuqeZ
— GOLF on CBS ⛳ (@GOLFonCBS) April 9, 2022
Scheffler Texas tidbits
The 25-year-old Scheffler’s favorite number is 13 and his favorite fruit is pineapple, just like mine.
He doesn’t drink coffee, and neither do I.
He likes Chipotle Mexican restaurant, and so do I (Chipotle peppers are popular in Tex Mex restaurants).
Scottie speaks one language, English, and uses bicentennial quarters as a ball marker when he plays golf.
Before attending the University of Texas, Scheffler attended Highland Park High School in Dallas, where he met his high school sweetheart and current wife, Meredith Scudder. Scottie shaped his golf game at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.
Scheffler signed a multi-year deal with TaylorMade earlier this year, and in the bag of The Masters champion are TaylorMade P7TW irons and he hits a TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver.
But Scheffler also said in an interview a few years ago that he’s very afraid of heights, is not a good writer and isn’t very good at grammar and spelling.
So let me fill in the gaps and add to Scheffler’s portfolio and profile.
He better learn to enjoy heights, because he’s risen to the very top in the world of golf. His fans are growing, and Scottie has a strong sphere of influence, to which the man of strong faith says,
“Life is important to spend with people you enjoy. If you don’t have close, quality friends, I don’t think whatever you’re doing is important. So that would be my most important advice to someone. Find something you enjoy doing, and enjoy doing it with other people.”
Well said and well done, Masters champ.