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Golfing champion Scottie Scheffler’s refreshing outlook on faith

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Cerith Gardiner - published on 04/14/22

The new Masters champion shared with reporters "The reason why I play golf is, I’m trying to glorify God and all that He’s done in my life."

Scottie Scheffler won the Masters at the young age of 25, and had some wonderful reflections about the place of God in his life and how his wife has played a key role in helping him face his fears.

In a press report, the new champion pointed out that “identity isn’t a golf score,” and how his Catholic wife, Meredith, reminds him of what is truly important when explaining a recent conversation the couple had:

“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.’ 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.”

Meredith also plays an integral part in his success through her own prayers:

“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. So that’s her prayer every day. That’s my prayer, and I really felt that today. I felt at peace.”

Scheffler also shared how he was feeling in the run up to the tournament, admitting that he was “crying like a baby.” Yet again, his wife offered some words of wisdom:

“[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? 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.”

You can listen to his comments at around 21 minutes in the video below.

Interestingly, in a previous fun interview with PGA Tour, the golfer was asked what what the “best part of life,” to which he replied:

“I’m a Christian guy, so that’s important to me. But even if you’re not a Christian, life is important to spend with people you enjoy. If you don’t have close, quality friends, I don’t think whatever you’re doing is important. So that would be my most important advice to someone. Find something you enjoy doing, and enjoy doing it with other people.”

While we don’t know Scheffler’s friendship groups, he’s certainly found a wife who offers him quality advice, and encourages him to be the best he can be, all under the guidance of God.

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