Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler

Winning Masters Title Doesn’t Define Scheffler: ‘I Believe in a Creator’


The No. 1 golfer in the world, Scottie Scheffler, says he was at a crossroads just hours ahead of the 2024 Masters tournament.

The 27-year-old says being in the lead during the final round of the competition put pressure on him and left him overwhelmed.

During a post-tournament press conference, Scheffler told reporters, “I was sitting around with my buddies this morning, I was a bit overwhelmed, I told them, I wish I didn’t want to win as badly as I did or as badly as I do. I think it would make the mornings easier.”

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He continued, “But I love winning. I hate losing. I really do. And when you’re here in the biggest moments, when I’m sitting there with the lead on Sunday, I really, really want to win badly.”

Advice from his friends led the champion to take the competition out of his hands and put it in God’s hands.

“My buddies told me this morning, my victory was secure on the cross. And that’s a pretty special feeling to know that I’m secure for forever, and it doesn’t matter if I win this tournament or lose this tournament. My identity is secure forever,” he shared, referring to the spiritual victory of salvation through Christ.

Scheffler approached the green with confidence and walked away a Masters champion for the second time in his career.

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“I believe that today’s plans were already laid out many years ago, and I could do nothing to mess up those plans. I have been given a gift of this talent, and I use it for God’s glory. That’s pretty much it,” he said during the post-tournament conference.

Scheffler said his new win and the game of golf do not define him, but God does.

“Golf is something that I do. It is a tremendously huge part of my life, but it doesn’t define me as a person. I happen to be good at it some weeks…and the next week I’m bad at it,” he shared. “I’m a faithful guy. I believe in a Creator. I believe in Jesus. Ultimately, I think that’s what defines me the most.”{eoa}

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