Scottie Scheffler Unleashed Some Serious Tears Before Strolling To Masters Win

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Scottie Scheffler thought he could live up to his No. 1 ranking, but the idea of actually winning the Masters made him a little nervous. Or according to Scheffler, incredibly nervous.

“I cried like a baby this morning. I was so stressed out. I didn’t know what to do,” Scheffler told reporters after winning his first major. “I was sitting there telling (his wife) Meredith, ‘I don’t think I’m ready for this … and I just felt overwhelmed.'”

It’s true that Scheffler was ranked No. 1 without having won a major. So why was he anxious about winning?

“I think because it’s the Masters,” Scheffler said. “I dreamed of having a chance to play in this golf tournament. I teared up the first time I got my invitation in the mail.

“If you’re going to choose a golf tournament to win, this would be the tournament. You don’t know how many chances you’re going to get. And so having a chance — I had a five-shot lead on Friday and then a three-shot lead going into today — I don’t know if you get better opportunities than that. You don’t want to waste them.”

Scheffler cruised through the weekend, leading the entire way and rolling to a 1-under-71 for a three-shot win over Rory McIlroy. Along with everything else, Scheffler shot a record-tying final round 64.

In the end, he joined Ian Woosnam as the only players to win a major while making their debut as the top-ranked player. Woosnman won the Masters in 1991.

“I never expected to be sitting where I am now,” Scheffler said. “You don’t expect things to come to you in this life. You just do the best that you can and with the hand you’re dealt and just go from there. I never really thought I was that good at golf, so I just kept practicing and kept working hard, and that’s just what I’m going to keep doing.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. I started to read this story and then realized it was golf so I don’t give a shit.

    If you can play a so called sport while drinking beer then it’s a game and not a sport.

    Kind of like bowling, corn hole, and baseball. All equally boring.

      • That’s also a lame argument. Your telling me no one has died from being hit by a golf ball or from a lightening strike? Or heart attack? Or bein hit crossing the road to get to the next hole? Just sayin..

    • Lame argument. I used to bring and stash a sixer in the snow, drink one while smoking a J going up the ski lift during snowboarding runs. Amateurs drinking beers during a game doesn’t make the greatest sport there is not a sport… Plus you cant drink a beer while swinging a golf club (you need both hands). Now if someone came up with a backpack with a beer-fed tube where you can drink WHILE swinging your golf club, I’d definitely buy it…

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