The fan who dazzles in Augusta in honor of his father

“Don’t wait to do something,” reads a tattoo on the forearm of Sam Bennett, a 23-year-old amateur golfer. The fan, still enrolled at Texas A&M University (the same one where Blanca Fernández is and where her sister Cayetana will enter in a few months), has become a great sensation at the Augusta Masters thanks to his self-confidence and his story of overcoming At its premiere at the major from Georgia (USA), Bennett has drawn everyone’s attention by finishing third, eight under par, four strokes off the lead. And he is not satisfied with that alone.

It can be seen that the tattoo that Bennett has on his arm are handwritten letters. The author was her father, who died in June 2021 after battling Alzheimer’s for seven years. In 2020, already with the disease in an advanced stage, Mark Bennett snapped at his son the now famous “don’t wait to do something” (don’t wait to do something in English). Sam, surprised by the clarity with which his mother had told him, asked his mother to get those words written by his father. He did it, and since then the golfer has tattooed that life lesson.

In his first big break, Bennett is honoring his father and the advice he gave him. Champion of the US Amateur in 2022, the one from Madisonville, a Texas town of less than 5,000 inhabitants, adds two days in a row hitting 68 shots at Augusta National for a total of -8. He is third solo, and will play the third round in the main event along with Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. “I know my golf is good enough to chase the leaders. I’m ready,” Bennett said yesterday brimming with confidence.

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Ahead, the challenge of becoming the first amateur to win the Augusta Masters in its 86 editions. Sam looks capable of it. “I know it’s the Masters, a bigger stage, but I’ve played in front of a lot of people and I love playing when the stakes are high. Win the green jacket? I think I can. I think I have what it takes to win.” At the moment, he is already the second fan in history with the best record after two days of Masters. The prize, by the way (2.95 million euros), in case of winning the tournament, I would not collect it since his amateur status (he is in the fifth year of university) prevents it.

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