Scottie Scheffler’s fastball came a little high, but in his defense he wasn’t really dressed for baseball.
The Masters champion visited Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday night wearing his green Masters champion jacket to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Rangers-Astros game.
Scheffler hasn’t worn the famous jacket in public too much since leaving Augusta. He did not make a media tour after the April 10 victory and said he was mostly relaxing at home with his wife Meredith.
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“I just had fun with it at home. I really didn’t do anything special. I didn’t take it out of the house,” Scheffler said last week at the Zurich Classic. “I think I’m the only one who can take the jacket off the property, so I want to represent Augusta National well, and I have to bring it back at the end of next year. Since I’m almost the representation of the green jacket outside the club, I treat it with respect. I’m not going to do anything crazy with it.”
The world No. 1 player took part in the Zurich team event (finishing T18 with fellow Texan Ryan Palmer) and will not be competing in the Mexican Open this week. The Masters victory, his first major, was his fourth win in six starts.
But throwing the first pitch for his hometown team (Scheffler lives nearby Dallas) was too good an offer to pass up, so the jacket came out (complete with the understated yellow Augusta National logo tie).
“I did well, they said aim high and I hit his glove,” Scheffler said. “I did it there, I didn’t bounce it.”