Scottie Scheffler Jun 19, 2022; Brookline, Massachusetts, USA; Scottie Scheffler acknowledges the crowd after completing his final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Scottie Scheffler was on the main stage at the 2023 Masters, but he was there to give newly crowned champion Jon Rahm his Green Jacket.

That’s the tradition of the tournament in Augusta, GA. The previous year’s winner hands off to the new title holder. While Rahm was having his moment, Scheffler was trying to sort through what he dubbed a “weird week.”

Scheffler described to’s Alan Bastable his “out-of-body experience,” which featured the worst score of his Masters career — a three-over 75. He also fell victim to the elements of the greens, a putt rolled over right to the edge of the hole, putting him further than a previous putt.

The tournament also had weather delays and a tree that had fallen into a sea of patrons. (Don’t worry, nobody was hurt)

By the time the fourth round rolled around, Scheffler was two under through 54 holes. He no longer was even mentioned as a possible winner by the time it was over.

The greens at Augusta have left many golfers up late at night.

The No. 3 hole is loaded with bunkers, and the course is filled with awkward positioning for golfers. It’s also very unforgiving if you’re not dead accurate.

“Stuff happens on that golf course,” Scheffler added. “I told Teddy [Scott, Scheffler’s caddie], I just said I’m glad I made that mistake when we were eight shots back versus either last year when we were in the lead or in the years coming when we’re hoping to be close to the lead or in it again. It’s just a learning experience.

Scheffler obviously wanted to come out victorious again, but game recognizes game. He has the utmost respect for Rahm.

“I definitely imagined myself putting on the jacket at the end of the week, but Jon is a very deserving champion,” he said.


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