The Masters: Scottie Scheffler Adds Green Jacket to His Growing Resume

Embed from Getty ImagesUNFORTUNATELY I DID NOT SEE THE END of the Masters. But I did see how leader Scottie Scheffler was handling final-round pressure (very well). And I did see much of Rory McIlroy’s charge that culminated in a brilliant 64 and runner-up finish.

A good friend invited me to his birthday party. It was one of those milestone birthdays. I did not want to miss any of it. But I do admit that I checked the Masters app on my phone several times until Scheffler closed it out and donned the Green Jacket.

Scheffler, who finished at 10 under to win by three strokes, has won four times in six starts and was already World No. 1 before he rolled down Magnolia Lane.

Of course, I’m impressed by all his shots, especially his short game, but I’m just as impressed with his demeanor and composure. Judging from his facial expressions, it’s hard to tell if he pull-hooked a drive or two (like he did early on) or wedged in for a birdie (generating a small fist pump).

Is the new 25-year-old Masters champion as impervious as he looks?

Obviously, winning the Masters is not your garden variety PGA Tour victory. Being on a hot streak coming into Masters week helps, but it doesn’t guarantee a Green Jacket. It’s a long, sad list of semi greats who never got it done, like Ernie Els and Tom Weiskopf, to name two.

Scheffler almost made it look easy, winning from the front, carrying the pressure of the lead over a long stretch of the tournament.

And yet there was a lot more to it for Scheffler, as SI Morning Read reported.

You would never know that the guy’s stomach was a pretzel for two days, or that when he woke up, “I cried like a baby this morning. I was so stressed out. I didn’t know what to do.”

He said he told Meredith: “I don’t think I’m ready for this kind of stuff.”

She said: “Who are you to say that you’re not ready?”

Meredith was right to question him. Her husband was ready and more than able.

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Neil Sagebiel

2 thoughts on “The Masters: Scottie Scheffler Adds Green Jacket to His Growing Resume”

  1. You are a terrific writer. You always enhance the experience. Thanks so much.
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