Scheffler’s Journey to the Masters a True Household Affair | Sports activities Information

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports activities Author

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — It does not appear that way back to Scott Scheffler that he was standing on the inexperienced behind Bergen Group Faculty in Paramus, New Jersey, dutifully holding a flashlight whereas his solely son — simply 5 or 6 on the time — hit pictures at midnight.

And if considered one of Scottie Scheffler’s wayward strokes occurred to smack into considered one of his sisters, so be it.

“He used to yell,” Scott Scheffler stated. “He would yell at us when he hit it. He would hit the ladies.”

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Practically 20 years later, Scottie Scheffler’s intention is significantly higher. Sure, that was the child who used to peg his siblings with impunity tugging the inexperienced jacket over his broad shoulders after profitable the Masters on Sunday afternoon.

And sure, that was a lot of the Scheffler clan — sisters Callie and Molly (different sister Sara is in Portugal) together with Scott and spouse Diane — huddled collectively simply exterior Butler Cabin to have a good time a jet-fueled rise to the highest that basically wasn’t that jet-fueled in any respect.

There have been the times again in north New Jersey when the Scheffler children had been launched to the sport. They moved to Dallas when Diane switched legislation companies as a chief working officer. They shortly determined to affix Royal Oaks Nation Membership principally as a result of it meant Scott Scheffler might hold all 4 children in a single place.

Whereas Scott Scheffler understands his son’s origin story takes a well-known narrative and turns it on his head — it was Scott who served because the stay-at-home dad whereas Diane labored — he does not see it as revolutionary or unusual or unusual.

“It’s simply what you do as a father to your kids,” Scott Scheffler stated, his eyes moist with tears whereas carrying a white Masters polo shirt on the grounds of a membership the place his son is now a champion. “You do to your children you recognize. I’ve finished for all of them. They’ve given us nice pleasure. He’s the one which did all of the onerous work, not me. I simply raised him and tried one of the best I might to be a superb dad.”

Perhaps, however somebody needed to get Workforce Scheffler to all these sporting occasions. Youth golf tournaments. Highschool basketball practices. The record is seemingly limitless. The actual fact it was dad doing a lot of the driving hardly mattered.

“Wasn’t uncommon for me,” Scottie Scheffler stated. “I didn’t know any totally different. Fortuitously for me, I grew up with three sisters and my dad was there, and he did an incredible job elevating us.”

Scott Scheffler made it some extent to verify his children had been well-rounded. Whereas stressing “I am no guru,” he identified how important it was to verify Scottie did not concentrate on golf on a regular basis. He tried as a sophomore at Highland Park Excessive College solely to understand he missed enjoying basketball an excessive amount of. So it was again to the basketball workforce the next yr.

But Scottie was hardly the one athlete within the household. Callie Scheffler performed at Texas A&M and served as Scottie’s caddie when he certified for the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont as an novice, and Molly and Sara are gamers, too.

Whereas Scott Scheffler laughingly admitted, “Schefflers have their points, however they’re good individuals,” he grew extra severe when requested what the world must know in regards to the unassuming 25-year-old board sport aficionado who’s now the most well liked golfer on the planet.

“He’s only a good younger child,” Scott Scheffler stated. “Born in New Jersey and raised in Texas. He’s obtained a little bit little bit of each, which is great. Simply our son and Meredith’s husband and now I suppose he’s the world’s.”

The household bonds prolong past Workforce Scheffler.

Randy Smith, the PGA Corridor of Fame professional, has labored with Scottie for years, and Rick’s son Blake is Scheffler’s agent. Blake and Scottie met quickly after the Schefflers joined Royal Oaks and the 2 would play collectively once they might.

That relationship between the Schefflers and the Smiths has solely deepened via the years. Perhaps that is why Randy leaned over on Scottie’s bag as he was inside signing his scorecard after the largest match — up to now — of his nonetheless burgeoning profession.

Randy was over at Scheffler’s home on Saturday night time, attempting to get him to loosen up as he sat on a three-shot lead heading into Sunday. They labored on Scheffler’s alignment. On his ball place. And on his temper, watching Instagram movies in an effort to maintain issues mild.

Whereas Scheffler admitted his abdomen had been hurting over the weekend and he cried Sunday morning due to the strain, he hardly seemed rattled whereas posting a 1-under 71 that gave him a three-shot victory. There was only one main hiccup, a four-putt on the 18th along with his win assured, although Smith could not assist however snicker when requested at what level he lastly relaxed.

“When he made his fourth putt (at 18),” Smith stated. “We’ll go determine what went on.”

There’s time to exhale, however not a lot. In early February, Scheffler was nonetheless looking for his first PGA Tour win. In early April, he is on the form of run that he could not have imagined whereas drilling putts into the north Jersey nights, hardly apprehensive about the place the putt went, who it hit, or whether or not mother or dad was one driving them house.

“He’s public now, which is a little bit bit scary,” Scott Scheffler stated.

Simply do not anticipate Scottie to neglect the place he got here from. Scott and Diane Scheffler’s solely son is properly conscious he hardly made the journey from Bergen Group Faculty to Augusta Nationwide alone.

“They didn’t dad or mum completely, clearly, however for me, they did one of the best they might on a regular basis, and I really like them for that,” Scheffler stated. “You already know, I can’t communicate extremely sufficient of the onerous work that they’ve put in. I can’t put it into phrases, I actually can’t.”

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