Golfer Scottie Scheffler credited the Lord and his faith following his victory April 10 in the 86th Master’s Tournament.
“The Lord has given me a skill, and I’m trying to use it for His glory,” Scheffler said in a post-tournament press conference after receiving his first green jacket, an honor earned by winners of the annual tournament held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
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Scheffler said it was a “dream come true just to be in the field” for the Master’s.
“I really can’t put into words what I means to win this golf tournament. It’s just an honor to be here in the field,” Scheffler said in post-tournament comments. “I’m so thankful to be part of such a great event.”
Scheffler said the Master’s is the golf tournament most players want to win, and the stress of the week was high. When he fretted that he wasn’t ready, Scheffler said his wife, Meredith, encouraged him by reminding him that “God is in control.”
Prayers for peace
“Meredith always prays for peace because that’s what I want to feel when I’m out there on the golf course,” Scheffler said. “I want to feel peace and have fun and just feel His presence. And so that’s our prayer every day. That’s my prayer and I really felt that today. I felt at peace.”
Scheffler said knowing “the Lord is leading me” helped him calm down and focus on trying to “hit good shots,” a strategy that paid off during the Master’s.
But Scheffler said his faith affects “all aspects” of his life, “not just my life on the golf course.”
Though he has a strong competitive desire, he said he does not let golf define him as a person. That, he said, goes back to his faith.
“The reason I play golf is because I’m trying to glorify God and all that he’s done in my life, and so for me, my identity isn’t a golf course,” he said.
Scheffler and Scott met in a Bible study, and it was their Christian faith that was a catalyst for their relationship, reported Golf Magic.
“He (Scheffler) called me up and said, ‘I really want to work with a Christian.’ That’s how I try to live my life,” Scott told reporters following Scheffler’s win at the WM Phoenix Open in February.
Scheffler shot a 69 in the first round, a 67 in the second round and a 71 in the third and fourth rounds of the tournament. He posted a 10-under par in the win.
Scheffler came into the Master’s as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the PGA. The Master’s win was his first major championship.