Scottie Scheffler Wins The Players Championship and Masters, Thanks to Experience and Grandma’s Support
Scottie Scheffler achieved a monumental feat on Sunday, becoming just the third golfer to hold the titles of The Players Championship and the Masters simultaneously. Scheffler was in control throughout the final round of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, taking a two-shot lead over Min Woo Lee of Australia into the round. Lee birdied the opening hole and Scheffler bogeyed the third to tie them at 13-under par.
Scheffler then went on a birdie blitz, finishing with five consecutive birdies to pull away from Lee and Tyrrell Hatton to win by five shots. The victory earned Scheffler the lion's share of the $4.5 million prize, as well as $275,000 for his T13 finish at the Masters and $58,000 for his T13 finish at the Players.
Scheffler's swing coach, Randy Smith, credited his success to his experience. “He’s just got a lot more experience,” Smith said. “It’s about being in situations. When you’re playing out here for a living, situations come up. And if you have a library to go back on and draw it up in your mind a little bit… it’s becoming a habit to make the right decision.”
Scheffler's equipment included the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver, with Fujikura Ventus Black 7X shaft, the TaylorMade M6 9-degree driver, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, Golf Pride Tour Velvet and MCC grips, and True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 and X100 shafts.
The win was especially poignant for Scheffler, who was joined by his grandmother throughout the tournament and celebrated with her after his victory. “She’s a trooper,” said Scheffler. “I really don’t know what to say. She’s had a rough last year with Grandpa passing away, and we have an uncle that’s pretty sick. I’m just happy that we’re able to kind of enjoy all this together.
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