Masters champion Scottie Scheffler says he ‘cried like a baby’ before winning in Augusta on Sunday.
World No. 1 Scheffler took this year’s green jacket after a convincing and complex final round, where he finished at the top of the leaderboard at 10 under par, three shots ahead of Rory McIlroy, who came close after a late attack.
Scheffler has now revealed that before the fourth round he was in doubt as to whether he could finish the job as he thought about the prestige that comes with being a Masters champion.
“I was so overwhelmed and did not know I was ready for this,” he said. ‘I cried like a baby this morning.
‘I’d dreamed of getting a chance to play in this tournament, I cried when I got my first invitation in the mail. I love this place and if you have to pick a tournament to win, it would be this one.
‘You do not know how many chances you get to win, you do not want to waste them and the human condition is to make things bigger than they are and you think it is much bigger than it is.
‘I do not know what to say to be honest, I’m just really grateful to be in this position. I do not think anything has sunk in. My head is still spinning. ‘
Scheffler’s triumph in Augusta crowns what has been an unusually rapid rise of the young American this season.
In early February, the 25-year-old was still without a PGA Tour victory in his career, but a sudden outburst of success has seen him become a four-time winner in two months as he has won Phoenix. Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC Matchplay and now Masters.
Scheffler became a professional in 2018 and often pays tribute to his friend who died of cancer five years ago – James Ragan – from whom he draws his inspiration.
Seemingly mature beyond his years, many such as Butch Harmon – the famous golf coach – believe that the new Masters champion is now ready to win more majors as he reminds him of great players gone.
In a speech to Sky Sports, Harmon said: ‘He (Scheffler) is an amazing young player, only 25 years old, but just look at how he handled himself, through adversity, and what he did well.
‘You never saw any highs, you never saw any lows. His game speaks for itself.
‘What he’s done over the last few months is beyond, it’s Tiger-like. He makes it so calm, so cool, so relaxed.
‘He reminds me of Jack Nicklaus. His coolness, his calm. He never gets so excited, he just gets to work. He is a 25-year-old journeyman, the way he plays’.
Scheffler will compete in a major at the PGA Championship at Southern Hills next month. The last time the course held the event was in 2007, Tiger Woods emerged as the winner.
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