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Yesterday, we reported that the Masters champion Scottie Scheffler gave credit to God after his victory on Sunday. Now, Scheffler is doubling down on this in a new interview, saying that God created him to be extra competitive.

Scheffler Discusses God

While appearing on the “Bible Caddie” podcast, Scheffler talked about how he balances being a man of God with being one of the best golfers in the world.

“I feel like God kind of created me with a little bit of extra competitiveness,” said Scheffler, 27. “Since I was a kid, whatever we were doing I always wanted to be the best that I could be at that thing.”

“Whether we were playing sports or sometimes even in school, I wanted to be the smartest kid in the class, the best basketball player, the best this,” he added. “So I feel like I was created an extra-competitive guy, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.”

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Scheffler Doubles Down

“It can become a bad thing when I’m looking to whatever it is for that satisfaction,” Scheffler explained. “So, when I’m out there playing golf, for those five hours I’m out there on the golf course, I’m competing to the best of my abilities, but when the round is over you take your hat off, shake hands, and we’re friends again.”

“But when we’re out there competing, I’m competing to the best of my abilities and I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all to be extremely competitive as long as you’re gracious in winning and in defeat,” he concluded.

Immediately after winning his second Masters on Sunday, Scheffler gave all the credit to God.

“I’m a faithful guy,” he said, according to Premier Christian. “I believe in a creator. I believe in Jesus. … I feel like I’ve been given a platform to compete and show my talent. It’s not anything that I did…I’ve been called to come out here, do my best, compete and glorify God.”

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Scheffler’s ‘Victory Was Secure On The Cross’

Though he wanted to win badly, Scheffler’s strong Christian faith gave him perspective on the situation.

“I was sitting around with my buddies this morning,” Scheffler recalled. “I was a bit overwhelmed because I told them I wish that I didn’t want to win as badly as I did. Or as badly as I do. I think it would make the mornings easier, but I love winning. I hate losing. I really do. And when you’re here in the biggest moments when I’m sitting there with a lead on Sunday, I really, really want to win badly.”

“And my buddies told me this morning, you know, my victory was secure on the cross,” he added. “And that’s a pretty special feeling. To know that I’m secure for forever and it doesn’t matter. You know whether or not I win this tournament or if I lose this tournament, you know, my identity is secure for forever.”

It’s refreshing to see a humble man of God like Scheffler find such success. Especially in a time when professional athletes seem more concerned with fame and fortune than ever. With God on his side, the sky is the limit for where Scheffler can go in the years to come!

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