Scottie Scheffler Championship Interview


By USGA
July 27, 2013

July 27, 2013

An Interview With:        

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER

THE MODERATOR: We have Scottie Scheffler here with us, 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion. Scottie, the first question before everybody jumps in here is to win four holes in a row like that to become a Junior Amateur champion at the end there and then to see your name on the  well, eventually see your name on the trophy with the likes of Johnny Miller and those kind of folks, what does that feel like right now?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Feels pretty good. (Inaudible) to know I won four holes.

Q. Obviously, we have to ask about all the second places, all the close calls, including last year. I mean, how does it feel to finally feel get that monkey off your back?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: It feels pretty good. I mean, during the tournaments, I don't really think about that or stuff like that. If I came in second then I could think about it.

Q. Did you think about it at all when you were down holes in the match today? Did you think, oh, my God, here I go again?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Not really. I stayed pretty level headed today.

Q. How about the fact that you got 3 down early? Did you say, okay, I know it's a 36 hole final, a long day, it's a different type of thing that you would have had earlier in the week with an 18 hole match. Did your mindset kind of change?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, I remember talking to myself right after I got 3 down. That’s when I got competitive.

Q. Talk about, you know, coming out of the double bogey at 1. That's got to be probably the worst way to start. What was going through your mind after that?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I had a terrible shot on 1 from the fairway. I was really nervous on the chip shot.

Q. Did you talk to Davis at all the last nine?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I hung out with him yesterday afternoon.

Q. What did you guys do?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: We were just in the locker room.

Q. No ping-pong?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: No ping-pong. Everyone was playing chess.

Q. You are not a chess guy?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I never played. I know how, but I  

Q. Can you talk about that 265 yards with that three metal on 14, 15?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: It goes 250. It was a hybrid.

Q. Did you know that one was pretty good?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I hit it pretty good. I was trying to get it on the front of the green because I like that spot, I hit it pretty good.

Q. Talk about the putt Davis missed on 13 to get it all square. Did you think, okay, it's a whole new ball game, five holes to go, you've been battling uphill all day and now you have things square?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I wasn't watching him putt today. I was just listening to the people. It happens. People miss putts.

Q. He lipped out, I think, on 15, 3 putted that green. Talk about your look on 9 in the afternoon. You lipped it out and then you went to putt it again and it lipped out again.

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Two bad strokes. It happens.

Q. You didn't really take too much stock in that, maybe it's not my day?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: No. I mean, if I would have hit a good putt then I would be upset.

Q. Tenth tee, there was a little bit of a cart ride to get there. Did you regroup and say anything to yourself mentally, I have got nine holes left and I need to get going?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Not really. I mean, when I got to the tenth tee, I got over that tee shot.

Q. Talk about the par 3, 14th hole. Yesterday you know you basically beat Doug Ghim on that hole. Make a long birdie putt this morning and then you make it from the fringe?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, that hole has been pretty good to me. I don't know how it flew that far, and I don't know how it stopped.

Q. Was that an iron?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Wedge.

Q. Your caddie is 73 years old; he's had 13 rounds with you including the practice rounds?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah.

Q. Just talk about that.

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Probably the best caddie I ever had because he was probably the worst caddie. Honestly, because he got to the ball, put the bag down and I got the club out. When we got on the green, he grabbed the pin. I mean, we talked, but he wasn't telling me how to play shots. It was good.

Q. Quite different interaction between you and him versus Davis Riley’s caddie, a little animated out there. Did he talk at all much during the week?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, we did. Whenever I did something stupid or get kind of greedy. Sometimes I start playing a little too quick when I'm nervous, but I couldn't with him.

Q. You had to wait for him.

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I'd get to the ball, I’d get my yardage and prepare for the shot. He would show up, I would grab the club and shoot.

Q. So in a way he slowed you down?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, it was good.

Q. Watching too much Golf Channel, you get emotional talking about James. Talk about the 14th hole. You said you were thinking about him there?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, I mean, I was real lucky. I don't really know how, but I knew something was going on. I didn't really know what it was.

Q. Do you plan to talk to him at all?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, I probably already have a message from him.

Q. When was the last time you saw him?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I went to his fundraiser.

Q. Where was that at?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: It was at Corpus Christi. We went down to his fundraiser.

Q. What did he say to you before the Junior?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: He said good luck, how is the family doing, and stuff.

Q. Since 1999, there's been a lot of Texans to win this thing. Now you.

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, feels pretty good.

Q. Is there something in the water in Texas?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I think you learn how to hit a bunch of shots. You need a bunch of shots.

Q. There were 30, 40, 50 guys out here who could win this event. There's really not a whole lot of difference between you guys. Getting through a week like this, and when it's a stressful situation is it all from the neck up?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: A lot of it. You have to be  to win all your matches, you have to be mentally tough. I mean, you have to make putts. You need to perform.

Q. Your dad said to me that you never really won any tournaments. Do you consider this a tournament?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I always come in the top 10, but I never win, but I guess I won this one.

Q. You've never won AJGA?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I've never won an AJGA. I won a lot of high school tournaments.

Q. So you have won tournaments?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I won tournaments, just not like the Junior like this.

Q. When you were in all those photos, did it dawn on you how important this championship is?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: A little bit. It still really hasn't sunk in.

Q. Where are you going to hang that medal in your home?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I hope I don’t lose it.

Q. Any plans tonight?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I don't know. Depends on what Jeff [Van Hardt, our host] has planned.

THE MODERATOR: We thank you for your time today. Congratulations.

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