Scottie Scheffler Drains 167-Yard Eagle on First Hole Since Becoming New Dad

The 27-year-old is off to a tremendous start at the 2024 PGA Championship.
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Scottie Scheffler's first round at the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club couldn't have gotten off to a better start.

After sending his drive 324 yards down the right side of the fairway on the 1st hole, Scheffler lined up his second shot 167 yards away from the pin. It landed just inches away from the hole, took one bounce and landed right in the cup for an eagle.

It was Scheffler's first official hole played after he became a dad earlier this month, as he and his wife Meredith welcomed their first-born son Bennett on May 8.

"Oh! Hello, dad!" play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz said on the ESPN broadcast. "His first hole as a father is a memorable one."

Scheffler, who has been the top-ranked golfer in the world for over a year straight, is looking to hoist his first PGA Championship trophy this weekend. The 27-year-old placed second at the major last year, finishing two strokes behind Brooks Koepka at Oak Hill Country Club.

Scheffler won the first major of the year at the 2024 Masters last month, finishing four strokes ahead of Ludvig Åberg in second place.


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