15 things you might not know about Scottie Scheffler | Golf News and Tour Information
There was an awkward exchange in the media room ahead of the 2022 Masters, in which a European reporter came across a question in which he asked Scottie Scheffler: “I’ve been asked a lot, like, how are you? you?…I have no idea other than you being a very, very good golfer.
You know Scheffler is a serious competitor on the course, but you might not know much about him off the course. Let us tell you about the new golf superstar.
1. Scottie Scheffler grew up in Texas but lived in northern New Jersey until he was 6 years old.
Although he grew up in Texas most of his life, he has strong roots in Jersey. His mother, Diane, was a classmate of the late actor James Gandolfini at Park Ridge High School. His father, Scott, attended St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, NJ (where legendary football coach Vince Lombardi was a gym teacher).
When Diane got a job as chief operating officer at a law firm in Dallas, the Schefflers moved on.
The new Masters champion recalled hitting shots in his garden when asked about his upbringing in Jersey during Masters week. Scheffler called himself a Bruce Springsteen fan thanks to his Jersey roots.
2. The Schefflers borrowed money to join the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, mainly so Scottie would have a place to train. He started working with his swing coach, Randy Smith, when he was 6 years old.
Scheffler is still a member of Royal Oaks and plays most of his golf there while at home.
“I came downstairs, his parents were there and they introduced him,” Smith recalled, “and he took off his hat, shook my hand, and then went back to hitting balls.”
Scheffler grew up dreaming of being able to hit the side of the Royal Oaks lineup where tour pros trained. Now he does… watch the video below as we explore Scheffler’s life at home in a recent video.
3. Until high school, Scheffler played many sports, including lacrosse, basketball, baseball, and football.
Scheffler was short for his age until he hit a growth spurt in his sophomore year of high school. He still loves basketball – told Golf Digest in 2014 it was his favorite sport to watch on TV – and while shooting he once hit 30 3-pointers in a row.
He always knew, however, that golf was his sport. As he told our Keely Levins in 2018: “In high school, I was limited to basketball and golf. All my life, I knew how much I loved golf. It’s the only sport I have always wanted to practice, whatever the season.”
4. Scheffler attended Highland Park High School in Dallas, the same high school where Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and LA Rams quarterback Matt Stafford went (although Scheffler is younger than them).
Scheffler’s first PGA Tour win came on Super Bowl Sunday at the WM Phoenix Open, the same day Stafford won his career-changing Super Bowl with the Rams.
5. In high school, Scheffler started dating his wife, Meredith, and they’ve been together ever since.
Meredith was new to Highland Park in her second year and remembers sitting next to Scottie in math class. They started dating as seniors.
In the “At Home” video above that we did with the Schefflers, Scottie calls Meredith her best friend. And she clearly had a huge influence on him.
Ahead of the final round of the Masters, Scottie admitted he was “crying like a baby” on Sunday morning, unsure if he could handle the pressure. It was Meredith who assured him to be himself and trust the game that put him in this position.
6. He won the US Junior Amateur and was invited to his first PGA Tour event at age 17.
Of many amateur achievements, this was the most important. Scheffler defeated current PGA Tour player Davis Riley, 3 and 2, at Martis Camp in Truckee, Calif.
7. In his first PGA Tour event as an amateur, he shot a hole-in-one.
Along with the U.S. Junior Amateur title, he received a bye for the 2014 Byron Nelson Championship. The Dallas native made the cut to the 2014 Byron Nelson Championship, then hit the second hole for 221 yards with a 5-iron. He carded three rounds in the 60s and finished T-22.
8. An esteemed college career at the University of Texas raised high expectations for Scheffler when he turned pro.
Scheffler earned National Freshman of the Year honors after winning back-to-back events (the Big 12 Championship and Western Intercollegiate) and was named to the 2017 Ben Hogan Awards Watch List.
9. Maybe it’s time to upgrade his car: Scheffler still drives the same car he had in college, a Chevy Suburban with over 175,000 miles.
Scheffler’s father gave his old car to Scottie while he was in college. We guess he could splurge on a new run, considering all the money he’s made this season.
10. Scheffler represented the United States at the 2017 Walker Cup, as part of an all-star team.
The team, made up of current PGA Tour pros Collin Morikawa, Will Zalatoris, Maverick McNealy, Cameron Champ, Doug Ghim and Doc Redman, crushed Team GB&I, 19-7, at the Los Angeles Country Club.
11. At the 2020 Northern Trust, Scheffler shot a 59 in the second round.
He became the 12th player to hit a sub-60 run on the PGA Tour – and was the second youngest to do so.
12. Major championship success came early for Scheffler, even as an amateur.
He was the first-round leader at the 2016 US Open in Oakmont as the 19-year-old sophomore, where his sister, Callie, caddyed for him. (She played golf at Texas A&M University.) Scheffler said that week, “I’m glad she got to take a week off to come help me out. She’s been on probation for a week, and she’s already asking for a week off. I hope she doesn’t get in trouble.
Scheffler would also end up as a weak amateur at the 2017 US Open in Erin Hills (below).
The Texan has three consecutive top 10 finishes in majors leading up to the 2022 Masters. And at the 2020 PGA at Harding Park, Scheffler was in the final group with Dustin Johnson. (He shot a 2-under 68 on Sunday, but Collin Morikawa’s last-round 64 led to a two-stroke win.)
13. Scheffler switched to a new putter ahead of his WM Phoenix Open win.
After a trip to the Scotty Cameron putting studio in California during the offseason, the Texan switched to a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Special Select Timeless Tourtype GSS and won his first tour that week.
He also noticed that the putter was slightly off Masters week, so he asked the Titleist tour reps to take a look. They noticed that the loft and lie angles were significantly off, so they adjusted the putter to Scottie’s liking the day before the Masters started.
14. In winning the Masters, Scheffler joined Ian Woosnam as the only players to win the Masters in their next start after becoming world No.
Scheffler also joined Woosnam, Fred Couples, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson as the only players to win the Masters while being world No.
15. With first-place earnings of $2.7 million, Scheffler has now earned over $10 million in the 2021-22 season alone.
Of course, this is just course revenue. Endorsement opportunities will come quickly for Scheffler, who wears Nike gear and just signed a deal with TaylorMade.