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Scottie Scheffler says becoming a Masters champion at age 25 is still just sinking in, but he’s experienced a few small perks along the way that have reminded him how cool it is to be the winner of the green jacket.
That included a handwritten letter from former U.S. President George W. Bush. Apparently 43’s handwriting was difficult for Scheffler to read.
“I hear he’s a good artist now. He’s got to do some work on his handwriting,” Scheffler said. “Stuff like that is pretty cool. To have someone like that to reach out just to congratulate me is pretty special. That’s probably kind of the only moments I’ve had where I kind of sit and reflect on what’s happened the past month and a half, two months. Obviously the Masters is such a different event than the rest of them. Just getting some messages like that from people I’ve looked up to for so long is really special.”
When Scheffler was asked to elaborate and name who sent some of the messages to him, he said, “I’m not really on social media. My wife has showed me a few things that people have posted, like Michael Phelps posted me in one of his stories, and then (Ezerkiel Elliott) from the Cowboys sent me a message. Just random stuff like that where I’m able to sit back – Michael Phelps is just insane. The guy is one of the greatest athletes ever. For him to reach out and post something about me or whatever is pretty cool.
“That’s kind of some of those moments where I’m able to sit back and kind of reflect on what happened and just be really grateful for it because stuff like that doesn’t come around too often. So it’s pretty special.”
Scheffler won the Masters on April 10, shooting a final-round 1-under 71, and beat Rory McIlroy by three strokes. In doing so, he became the fifth different world No. 1 player to leave Augusta National with a green jacket.