New Jersey has been at the center of the sports world of late. First it was St. Peter’s remarkable run to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament, now it is Ridgewood’s very own Scottie Scheffler who has captured the attention of the nation and the world, for that matter, by winning his first ever Master’s title on Sunday.
The 25-year old Scheffler shot 1-under 71 in the final round of the tournament to end up 10-under par. Not bad for a guy who is currently ranked number one in the world in the PGA.
Scheffler is the first New Jersey born golfer to win the Masters. Even Governor Murphy chimed in to congratulate Scheffler on this historic feat.
To be fair, while Scheffler was born in Ridgewood, his family moved out of the state when he was six, and he would spend much of his life in Texas.
As TapInto Ridgewood wrote: “Although Scottie moved out of state at a young age, both of his parents, Scott and Diane, went to high school in New Jersey. His father was a Park Ridge High School graduate with New Jersey legend James Gandolfini. Still, the latest Masters Tournament champion might have to credit his triumph to the New Jersey area as his description of his first memories of golfing might suggest.
“’They [can claim] me if they want to,” Scheffler told reporters over the weekend as he was closing in on his first major championship. “I was born there. I lived there for, I think, six years. The only thing I remember was our backyard. I used to just hit golf balls in the backyard, hit them over the house… Yeah, that’s where I spent most of my time, was out in the yard, so that’s all remember.’”
Congratulations to Scottie Scheffler on winning #TheMasters! The world’s Number One golfer, he’s also the first New Jersey-born golfer to win The Masters.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) April 10, 2022
SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER WINS THE MASTERS: The 25-year-old Texas native beat out other golf greats like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, earning him the green jacket at this year’s Masters Tournament. ABC’s @willganss has his incredible story. pic.twitter.com/eWLe4q8uHd— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) April 11, 2022