Sam Bennett knows the heartbreaking and inspiring story of his family. Obviously, is one that has helped others who have faced similar hardships. He has spoken about it before. Furthermore, he bears a permanent reminder of it on his left arm in the form of a tattoo. However, when he was competing in the most significant tournament of his life. He wanted to focus on his golf game and not his past. The loss of his father two years ago was not just another interview topic. Obviously, when he was playing alongside major champions in the late-afternoon tee times that attract the most attention.
Bennett shot two consecutive 68s at Augusta National and finished T16 at the Masters Tournament. He arrived at the tournament as one of the most accomplished players in the amateur game. In addition to this, left as the most recognisable after several hours. Thus, as one of the main characters on the most-watched golf broadcast of the year.
He received a standing ovation from the patrons lining the 18th hole. Surely, after wiping tears from his eyes as he reflected on his father. The struggles he still faces. Also, the fact that it was Easter, a holiday defined by hope. Bennett was moved by the support he received. However, he hopes to be known for more than just his personal story.
“I’m more than what’s happened to me and what I’ve been through,” he said. “It’s a good story, great, incredible, but I want to start talking about golf.”
While Bennett’s grief will always be a part of him. He wants to move forward and focus on his golf career. He has now written a new chapter in his story. A chapter that will hopefully shift the focus away from his past. Most importantly, onto his bright future.
Bennett’s display of grit and guile at Augusta National showcased his trademarks in the game of golf. Despite being in a different class than his opponents. As indicated by the lowercase ‘a’ next to his name. Bennett never expressed any doubts about his ability to hang with players like Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. He was focused on winning the green jacket rather than the low amateur prize. Amateurs play a sentimental role at the Masters. Thus, paying homage to the club’s co-founder, Bobby Jones. But, it has been years since one seriously contended at the tournament.
Bennett, a winner of last year’s U.S. Amateur, was the only amateur to make the cut at this year’s Masters. Surprising, many who had focused their attention on Vanderbilt sophomore Gordon Sargent. The reigning NCAA champion and first amateur in more than two decades to receive a special exemption into the tournament.
Bennett, who had a college coach reminding him of homework assignments. Thus, dined at Five Guys and shopped at DICK’S Sporting Goods for extra layers when the weather turned cold. But, he thrives on being the underdog. Despite not having the same ball speed or a pretty swing like some of the other amateurs. As a pro, he relied on his experience, preparation, and mental focus to keep him in the running. Bennett’s performance at the Masters will undoubtedly attract sponsors. In addition to this, improve his standing in PGA TOUR University. Obviously, as he prepares to turn pro later this year.