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The American World No. 1 has established himself as a prolific winner on tour and a major champion, but who is Scottie Scheffler’s coach?

Scheffler’s rise to the top of the game should come as no surprise given his talent, but also the knowledge and experience he can lean on. 

Alongside wife Meredith Scudder and caddie Ted Scott, the New Jersey-born man has worked with the same coach throughout his career. 

Scottie Scheffler’s coach is Randy Smith, one of the best regarded coaches in the States and is even more so now one of his students has won the Masters. 

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Smith has won more PGA of America National awards than any other instructor and has been at his club in Texas since 1977.  

He was also linked with Brooks Koepka in 2021, however he confirmed that he was only helping the five-time major champion with his alignment, rather than formally teaching him. 

Scheffler and Smith met when the current World No. 1 was eight years old, as he joined Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, Texas. 

That is where Smith taught out of and still does to this day, as he is Golf Professional Emeritus and Director of Instruction. 

Smith, therefore, has been coaching for a long time and has worked with a handful of top golfers in America. 

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The 18-time PGA of America National Award winner previously worked with 1997 Open champion Justin Leonard, as well as pros Colt Knost and Harrison Frazar. 

And after a lesson with Leonard, that is when Smith realised the potential of a young Scottie Scheffler. 

In an interview with Travis Fulton, he said: “It was an odd situation. Somebody at the shop said, ‘Randy there’s a family going to come out and want to see the facilities out here, they want to meet you.’ I said meet me? 

“But they had this little kid who is the next coming, I had heard… And sure enough they come out, I had just finished a lesson with Justin Leonard at the time and this little kid comes out with a bag as tall as he is, and they set him up to hit some balls down from me and I couldn’t help but glance over. And this little kid is making swings that are the same swing every time. 

“I watched him hit balls and within 15-20 minutes I had that a-ha moment. It was totally different.” 

 

 

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