After winning the Masters Tournament, one of the major championships in the field of golf, Scottie Scheffler attributed his victory to God and said he plays the game to “glorify God.”
The 25-year-old golfer also shared how his wife, Meredith, regularly prays for him to be blessed with peace, which is something he desires during his matches and experienced on the day of his victory. Scheffler also said he was overwhelmed before the match but Meredith reminded him that, “God is in control, and the Lord is leading me, and if today’s my time, then it’s my time.”
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“That all goes back to my faith,” Scheffler said after being asked how he balances his desire to golf competitively without letting it define him as a person. “The reason why I play golf is: I’m trying to glorify God and all that He’s done in my life.”
The 25-year-old champion golfer didn’t stop there. He went on to say his “identity isn’t a golf score” and shared how his wife, Meredith, recently offered an encouraging reminder of that reality.
“Like Meredith told me this morning, she says, ‘If you win this golf tournament today if you lose this golf tournament by 10 shots if you never win another golf tournament again,’ she goes, ‘I’m still going to love you, you’re still going to be the same person, Jesus loves you, and nothing changes,’” Scheffler said. “And all I’m trying to do is glorify God, and that’s why I’m here, and that’s why I’m in this position.”
Scheffler also said his wife regularly prays for him to experience peace — something he always wants to have on the golf course. Additionally, he seeks to experience “God’s presence.”
“Every day when we go out there, Meredith always prays for peace, because that’s what I want to feel on the golf course, is peace and have fun and just feel His presence,” he said. “So that’s her prayer every day. That’s my prayer, and I really felt that today. I felt at peace.”
Earlier in the press conference, Scheffler shared how overwhelmed he was before his win. He felt Sunday morning like he might not be ready for all that was unfolding.
But Scheffler came to some critical realizations after talking with his wife.
“[My wife] told me, ‘Who are you to say that you’re not ready?’ Who am I to say that I know what’s best for my life?” he said. “What we talked about is: God is in control, and the Lord is leading me, and if today’s my time, then it’s my time.”
Scheffler likewise attributed his first PGA victory to God in February .
“Overwhelmed at getting my first PGA Tour win. So thankful to the Lord, Teddy, our families and friends, and everyone else a part of the team,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “An unbelievable experience we will never forget.
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