Before they turned pro: Scottie Scheffler
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"I don't really overthink things." So says the newest next-big-thing in professional golf, Scottie Scheffler
. The 25-year-old has taken that attitude on a wild ride that has seen him become a Ryder Cup star, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, World No. 1 and now Masters champion.
Scheffler has now won four of his last six starts on the PGA Tour, and on very different golf courses. At the WM Phoenix Open, he went deep into the red numbers and won in a playoff over Patrick Cantlay. He prevailed in U.S. Open conditions at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Fla., then took the WGC Match Play Championships at a windswept Austin Country Club, and has now won his first major championship in dominating fashion, winning by three shots at Augusta National and earning a green jacket.
For those that followed Scheffler as an amateur golfer, his meteoric rise is not a total surprise. Scheffler is a USGA champion, winning the U.S. Junior in 2013, and in his first PGA Tour start the next year he recorded an ace and a T22 finish as a 17-year-old.
A Big 12 Championship would follow at the University of Texas, along with low-amateur honors in the U.S. Open.
Since turning pro, he has quickly racked up the accolades: Korn Ferry Tour player of the year, PGA Tour rookie of the year, winning Ryder Cup team member, and now four-time PGA Tour winner.
What comes next? Scheffler really isn't thinking too much about it. It has worked so far.
Here are a few of the stories from our coverage of Scottie Scheffler the amateur:
Scheffler, Lee named AJGA Players of Year
Oct 30, 2013 - Scottie Scheffler, 17, of Dallas, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, and 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur semifinalist Alison Lee, 18, of Valencia, Calif., were named 2013 Rolex Junior Players of the Year on Tuesday by the American Junior Golf Association