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    At house membership, Scottie Scheffler is the smack-talking king of cash matches

    Scottie Scheffler on Masters Sunday.

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    Dave Howe suspected Scottie Scheffler may play effectively on the Masters.

    That’s as a result of six days earlier than the primary spherical, Howe had turn out to be considered one of Scheffler’s newest victims.

    Howe is a member of Royal Oaks Nation Membership, in Dallas, the identical membership to which Scheffler belongs, and on the Saturday earlier than the Masters started in earnest, Howe discovered himself in a cash match with Scheffler.

    You may assume that the No. 1 participant on the earth would go straightforward on his fellow members, however that model of charity is simply not in Scheffler’s DNA.

    Scheffler birdied the primary three holes and by no means appeared again, capturing a seemingly easy 64.

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    “We have been taking part in Wolf, and he was the one one which made cash that day,” Howe mentioned Sunday afternoon from a full of life Masters viewing occasion at Royal Oaks. “I felt fortunate I solely misplaced $68.”

    As for the marginally extra vital contest that was looming the next week, Howe mentioned Scheffler barely talked about all of it day.

    “After the spherical, we have been sitting round having drinks and eventually he mentioned, ‘I’ve obtained to go. I’ve obtained to journey tomorrow.’ I feel we talked about Augusta a complete of two instances.”

    Howe was considered one of greater than 100 members who had gathered at Royal Oaks on Sunday to cheer on their former junior star. On the menu was egg salad and pimento cheese sandwiches; on members’ minds have been tales of Scheffler’s propensity for pulling out the needle in pleasant membership matches.

    The raucous scene at Scheffler’s house membership on Sunday.

    When Scheffler’s opponents hit a poor iron shot, for instance, Scheffler may say one thing like, “Good attempt, you nearly made the inexperienced,” mentioned Royal Oaks member Brian Aube. “We not often hear ‘good shot’ from him.”

    Scheffler has received greater than $17 million in profession prize earnings on Tour, however that doesn’t imply he received’t gleefully take a couple of extra bucks off his Royal Oaks buddies.

    “My father-in-law couldn’t imagine I textual content Scottie to arrange golf video games,” Howe mentioned. “I instructed him I’ve obtained his Venmo handle too, as a result of I’ve to Venmo his a– each time we play. It solely goes a method,”

    The one time Howe recorded a win over Scheffler, he screenshotted the fee for posterity and despatched it round to a number of members. One other member, Mark Schultz, mentioned that Schultz is the one Royal Oaks common to have overwhelmed Scheffler straight up since Scheffler turned professional, edging him 72-73 in late 2019. However Scheffler refuses to let Schultz gloat about it.   

    “He normally has some good comeback to that,” Schultz mentioned.

    Certainly, along with his new standing as golf’s prime canine, Scheffler has turn out to be a troublesome man to razz. Mentioned Howe, “After the World Golf Championship, in Austin, Scottie says, ‘Tackle me as Mr. World No. 1.’”

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    Scheffler doesn’t spend all of his time at Royal Oaks emptying the pockets of his fellow members — he additionally finds time to lend his experience and mentorship to the membership’s junior contingent. Scheffler is paying ahead the identical steerage he acquired as a teen from Royal Oaks members and PGA Tour winners Justin Leonard and Harrison Frazar.    

    “I didn’t play with Scottie, however spent a while with him whereas training,” Leonard mentioned from his house Sunday, whereas watching Scheffler march to victory at Augusta. “He would come over and sit and watch as Randy [Smith, Leonard’s teacher] and I labored on issues a bit. He didn’t ask numerous questions, he simply sort of frolicked and noticed. He definitely had a thirst for data.”

    Royal Oaks’ juniors have discovered among the nuances of the sport from Scheffler in addition to — no shock — the artwork of smack-talking. Head skilled Dean Larson mentioned he works with a 10-year-old, with the final title Ballotta, with whom Scheffler has developed a light-hearted rapport.

    “[Scheffler] is all the time going as much as him, saying, ‘What’s up, Ballotta?’” Larson mentioned.

    There’s one factor about which Royal Oaks members can provide Scheffler grief: his automobile.

    Scheffler nonetheless drives a used GMC Suburban with 175,000 miles, which he inherited from his father, Scott, whereas in school on the College of Texas.

    “We ask him about it and he says, ‘I journey on a regular basis, I don’t want a pleasant automobile,” Schultz mentioned.

    The elder Scheffler drove the Suburban from Dallas to Augusta final week; earlier than the lengthy drive again to Dallas Monday, he wanted to get the automobile an oil change.

    Together with his newest payday, perhaps the brand new Masters champ will improve his wheels. He might pay for the automobile, and his Royal Oaks winnings ought to greater than cowl his fuel.

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