Hail Mary! Scottie Scheffler’s 88-year-old grandmother goes viral after walking with him for the ENTIRE four days of Players Championship – before watching him scoop $4.5m first prize
An unexpected fans’ favorite was born at the Players Championship this week, in the form of Scottie Scheffler’s 88-year-old grandmother Mary.
The US golf sensation won the tournament by five shots, securing himself a place as world’s No 1 – and the mammoth $4.5million prize.
But after the tournament, it wasn’t the man himself that the internet was talking about, but instead his elderly relative, who spent the entire four days by his side.
As he walked the fairways with his caddie playing the tournament, his grandmother was just behind the rope with her walking aid, cheering him on every step of the way – quite literally.
The PGA Tour posted a video of her walking towards one of the greens at Sawgrass on the final day, with Scheffler edging closer to another career-defining victory.
Scottie Scheffler’s grandmother Mary applauds his brilliant tee shot on the 17th at Sawgrass
Another clip was later shared of her sitting by the 17th green, watching on as Scheffler avoided any late drama and landed his ball in the middle of the target.
On Twitter, one user wrote of Mary: ‘Wow! She’s a champion. Big up Grandma Scheffler!’
Elsewhere, another noted: ‘All week!? This should be national news,’ before another added: ‘I did one day there yesterday and only lasted 7 hours…respect’
Scheffler won the tournament by an impressive five shots, scooping the $4.5m prize
Scheffler smiles as he lifts the trophy, and he also moved back to the top of the world rankings
In the tournament itself, Scheffler raced into a lead and was two shots ahead of the rest of the field heading into the final day on Sunday.
In his fourth round, he was the epitome of cool, calm and collected, extending his lead to five shots and coming home with a final score of 17-under-par.
The reigning Masters champion has now set himself up perfectly for his title defense at Augusta National next month – although it’s as yet unclear whether Mary will be making her way around the azaleas alongside him.