With 2022 coming to a close, Sports Spectrum is highlighting our most-viewed stories of the year.
Scottie Scheffler started 2022 as a 25-year-old ranked 15th in the world, but still seeking his first victory in his third full season on the game’s top circuit. Then he won three out of the five tournaments he played over a seven-week span, and shot up to No. 1 in the world.
That was the momentum he rolled into the Masters with in April, and he couldn’t be stopped. Scheffler took the 36-hole lead on Friday and held it strong all weekend, finishing 10-under overall. He clinched his first major title, and it marked an incredible fourth victory of the season — and it was still springtime.
In a press conference following his big win, Scheffler took the chance to open up about his faith.
“The reason why I play golf is I’m trying to glorify God and all that He’s done in my life,” he said. “So for me, my identity isn’t a golf score. Like [my wife] Meredith told me this morning, ‘If you win this golf tournament today, if you lose this golf tournament by 10 shots, if you never win another golf tournament again,’ she goes, ‘I’m still going to love you, you’re still going to be the same person, Jesus loves you and nothing changes.’ All I’m trying to do is glorify God and that’s why I’m here and that’s why I’m in this position.”
The Masters is arguably the most famed golf tournament in the world, so winning it brings a massive level of notoriety. Outside devoted golf fans, few people had heard of Scottie Scheffler prior to his green-jacket victory. Thus, his name became a popular search term after his win. Many fans found our story about his triumph and how he shared about his faith — making it our No. 1 most-viewed story in 2022:
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