'Grandma lives about 20 minutes up the road. She turns 88 in about a week and a half. All 72 holes she walked, even the ones from yesterday.'
Scottie Scheffler might be a favorite sportsperson to many, but his 87-year-old grandma, Mary, is now the people's favorite. Scheffler, 26, was crowned champion at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on Sunday, March 12, after securing a three-under 72 in the final tournament. Family and friends came to show support on his PGA Tour, including his grandma. According to TODAY, Mary DeLorenzo walked all 72-holes of the four-day tournament to watch her grandson play. “Grandma lives about 20 minutes up the road. She turns 88 in about a week and a half. All 72 holes she walked, even the ones from yesterday," Scheffler said in his victory speech.
The 26-year-old champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year won after a sluggish start in which he didn't make a birdie in his first seven holes, but when he did, he reeled off five in a row to blow the tournament wide open. Scheffler told NBC Sports his grandma lives locally and having her during the championship is just "special memories." "We’ve been coming here to visit grandma since we were little kids." The PGA also shared a heartwarming moment of Delorenzo clapping for her grandson, who won the title. “It’s pretty impressive she’s walking so many holes out here,” Scheffler said in his post-victory press conference. “She’s a trooper.”
88 years young, Scottie Scheffler’s grandma walked all 72 holes of #ThePLAYERS this weekend— 1010 XL / 92.5 FM (@1010XL) March 12, 2023
She’s lived in the area for 20+ years, but this was her first @THEPLAYERSChamp in years… she picked a heckuva year!!! pic.twitter.com/b7WebI0ACz
Team Scheffler’s live reaction to Scottie winning 😊 pic.twitter.com/EPTolwdfSu— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 12, 2023
Scheffler's dad, Scott, used to spend time at home while his mother, Diane, worked. "I played this golf course once with my dad. We used to stay at the hotel here because my mom had built up some Marriott points traveling for work," Scheffler told NBC Sports Sunday. "I have so many great memories of this town and coming to this golf course and it’s going to be a fun night celebrating together and enjoying this win as a family.” The internet was loving this grandma-grandson moment. "This is great! You can see how incredibly proud she is of her grandson," tweeted @RevmatchGT. "Wow! She's a champion! Big ups Grandma Scheffler!" added @MindOfRaemi.
It was Scheffler’s 11th hole-out of the season on the PGA Tour, which Jordan Spieth, the game’s foremost wedge-game wizards, declared “pretty darn good.” According to Golfweek, Kramer Hickok, a former teammate of Scheffler's at Texas, has watched him progress into the best golfer. “The best way I can put it is he’s always been so confident,” Hickok said. “I think if you asked him, it’s no surprise that he’s No.1 in the world.” Hickock believes Scheffler’s creativity to be one of his superpowers. “Golf courses where he can be a creative show off his best attributes because he’s such a great athlete,” Hickok said.
Players to hold the Masters and Players Championship titles at the same time:— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) March 12, 2023
He adds, “I don’t know if people know this but Scottie’s unbelievable at everything he does. Pickleball, basketball, he’s a freak athlete that has this mental capability that he can go into a tunnel vision and shoot low numbers.” Scheffler stood in the bunker left of the green and when his ball disappeared in the hole, he pumped his fist in victory. According to CNN, the new world No. 1 has his attention on defending his green jacket at Augusta next month. “I feel like I’m improving. I’m definitely learning more and the more you can get into contention and be in the moment. I would say that’s probably the most valuable thing is knowing what you feel like and being able to prepare for it."