Scottie Scheffler's grandmother captured in beautiful act amid Players triumph
The new World No.1 broke down in tears after his triumph in stunning scenes.
The Players Championship winner Scottie Scheffler has applauded his grandmother after she was filmed walking every single hole with the new World No.1. Scheffler took his game to the next level good at TPC Sawgrass having finished five shots ahead of Englishman Tyrell Hatton in an astonishing final round.
The American started the day in second, behind Australian Min Woo Lee, but the Aussie capitulated early on. Scheffler then took his game to another level as he hit three-under par 69 and finished -17 under overall in challenging conditions all weekend.
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During his victory speech, Scheffler was in tears as he thanked his family for supporting him throughout the journey. And he reserved special praise for his 87-year-old grandmother who had attended The Players Championship to support him.
But not only did she attend, Mary, walked every single hole with him. Footage also captured Mary walking between holes and keeping up with the new World No.1 to support him.
After the final hole, Scheffler's wife, mother and father all greeted him on the green. Scheffler then walked over and greeted Mary to celebrate.
"Grandma lives about 20 minutes up the road. She turns 88 in about a week-and-a-half," Scheffler said in his victory speech."All 72 holes she walked. Even the ones from yesterday. I am so happy to have my family here."
Sheffler then broke down in tears after acknowledging his family. The golf world was quick to praise the beautiful moment shared between Scheffler his family and his grandmother.
Scottie Scheffler’s grandma walking the entire course with him is so wholesome. pic.twitter.com/GhlnTyg2g8
— Jeff Roberts (@JeffRoberts__) March 12, 2023
Scottie Scheffler’s grandmother lives 20 minutes from @TPCSawgrass - 88 years old and walked all 72 holes this week. Pretty cool. @ActionSportsJax @ESPN690Jax pic.twitter.com/387YAnqPj1
— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) March 12, 2023
Team Scheffler’s live reaction to Scottie winning 😊 pic.twitter.com/EPTolwdfSu
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 12, 2023
Scottie Scheffler’s 88-year-old grandmother, Mary, has been with him all week.
She just watched her grandson win #THEPLAYERS. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Xfw0YDhVbP
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) March 12, 2023
Scottie Scheffler back on top of golf world
Scheffler's The Players Championship victory put him in elite territory. The American has now regained the World No.1 ranking of Spaniard Jon Rahm.
And he now becomes just the third man to win The Players Championship while being the reigning Masters winner. The only other two men to have achieved this feat are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Amazingly, Sheffler's grandmother was wearing a Masters logo on her top during the final round at TPC Sawgrass.
With a 17-under 271 total, the American was five shots clear of English runner-up Tyrrell Hatton, whose final-round-low 65 earned him $US2.275 million ($A3.43 million). Viktor Hovland (68) and Tom Hoge (70) shared third at 10 under, one stroke clear of Hideki Matsuyama (68).
Max Homa (69), Justin Suh (70), Justin Rose (71), David Lingmerth (72) and Sungjae Im (72) all shared sixth with Lee and Davis. While Scheffler pocketed a cheque for $US4.5 million ($$A6.8 million) - the tour's biggest ever - after capturing his sixth victory in 13 months, Aussie Lee was left with a $US736,600 ($A1.1 million) consolation pay day.
Lee, in his The Players Championship debut, birdied two of his last three holes to finish strongly on a rollercoaster day. Lee's ranking has now jumped enough to secure an invitation back to Augusta National for next month's Masters.
"It happened really quick. It's one of those things where it's Sunday and you just make a couple bad decisions and it all kind of falls down," Lee lamented. "But I hung in there pretty well. I didn't have it all today. It's funny how yesterday I felt like I had the best swing in the world, and then today I just felt like nothing could go right.
"So nice finish and I'm pretty proud of the result and I think it will take me a long way. It could have been a lot worse. That's for sure. It wasn't easy. I could have easily shot 10 over today."
Lee's fade-out allowed Cam Davis (74) to finish as the equal-leading Australian, having missed the halfway cut in his previous five tournaments. "It was a great week for me," Davis said. "I've had a bit of a rough stretch over the last five, six tournaments, so it's a very welcome change to see some good golf this week.
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