I grew up at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas wearing long pants and a collared shirt to like the third grade class and laughed at. Well Named. I was going to train like this because I wanted to be a professional golfer. I dreamed of being here competing on the PGA Tour. I grew up surrounded by so many guys there, just watching them and learning from them.
I knew from a young age that I always wanted to be here, but I never expected to be sitting where I am now. You don’t expect things to happen to you in this lifetime. You just do the best you can with the hand dealt to you and go from there. I never really thought I was this good at golf, so I kept training and working hard, and that’s what I’m going to keep doing.
I grew up with three sisters and my dad was there, and he did a great job raising us. Both of my parents would do anything for any of us. They were co-parents, but my mother worked most of the time, five days a week and sometimes more than that. And so you know, they weren’t perfectly related, but to me, they did their best all the time, and I love them for that.
I can’t speak highly enough of the hard work they put in. I can’t put it into words. Golf means a lot to our family – my three sisters also played it – and they definitely embraced it because I did. And, you know, they tease me and I’m sure that will continue in the future. I can’t thank them enough for their support.
I have always been very competitive. I like the competition and I like the challenge. Just competing is really fun for me and being able to win tournaments is really awesome. Ranking never really crossed my mind. It was always about being here and competing.
Winning the Masters…my head is still spinning. I was so focused for so long. Major championship golf is brutal, especially around a golf course like Augusta National, and it wasn’t easy. It was so tough mentally and winning this golf tournament, I’m so touched. I’m just happy to be part of the peloton and to be able to come here and have a chance to compete.
To be able to win this tournament, I can’t say enough about it. It feels good and I’m really grateful. You know, I wasn’t going to the press room in my dreams. I can’t believe I can go back all my life now and enjoy this golf course.
I’ve never been a guy who likes to look too far into the future. So for me, staying present has always been what works best. I was doing my best to stay present and enjoy the moment. That’s what I did most of the final round.
The only thing I was imagining was probably this 18th. I’ve seen guys do that and the first thing that comes to mind is seeing Jordan Spieth do that 18th with a huge lead. And definitely throughout the final round when I got a little ahead, I didn’t want any stress towards the end, and I didn’t lose my focus until we got to the green on the 18.
Once we got to the green, I was like, “Okay, I’m going to enjoy it” and had fun with it. Nothing is safe there on the back nine.
It’s fun to be in the running. Once I step out onto the property, it’s fantastic. But off the golf course, it’s much more difficult. Trying to sleep at night and slow mornings and stress, it’s a long week. And playing with a lead isn’t easy, especially in a golf tournament like the Masters. If you took a poll of the guys on the Tour to find out which golf tournament they would like to win, it would be the Masters.
The morning of the final, I cried like a baby. I was so stressed. I didn’t know what to do and I was sitting there saying to my wife, Meredith, “I don’t think I’m ready for this, I’m not ready for this stuff”, and I just felt overwhelmed .
She said, ‘Who are you to say you’re not ready?’ Who am I to say that I know what’s best for my life? And so what we talked about is that God is in control and the Lord is leading me; and if today is my time, it is my time.
And if I shot 82, you know, somehow I was going to use it for His glory. My faith affects every aspect of my life, not just my life on the golf course. The Lord gave me a skill, and I try to use it for His glory. Other than that, I’m just here trying to do my best. For me, my identity is not a golf score.