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Michelle Wie slams Hank Haney for “racist and sexist” remarks on the women’s professional game

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Hank Haney has come under fire on social media for comments made on Wednesday about women’s professional golf on his radio show on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.

Michelle Wie is the highest profile LPGA star to slam Haney who when asked for a prediction at this week’s U.S. Women’s Open, stated

“I’m gonna predict a Korean. That’s gonna be my prediction. I couldn’t name you, like, six players on the LPGA Tour. Nah, maybe I could. Well, I’d go with Lee. If I didn’t have to name a first name, I’d get a bunch of them right. I don’t know… Lexi Thompson… Michelle Wie’s hurt. I don’t know that many. Where are they playing, by the way?”

You can listen to the full audio in the embedded tweet below.

Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz shared the comments from the former swing coach of Tiger Woods and added in a tweet “I’m not sure if that’s more racist or sexist. Shame on you Hank.”

Michelle Wie, as well as several other LPGA Tour competitors and golf fans, have echoed Foltz’ sentiments and blasted Haney on the social media platform throughout Wednesday afternoon.

The U.S. Women’s Open gets underway from Country Club of Charleston on Thursday.

Update: Haney tweeted the following apology early Wednesday afternoon. 

 

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  1. underachiever

    Jun 2, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Any irony in him getting the Lee prediction correct…

  2. J

    May 31, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    This is stupid. It sounds like a compliment to the Koreans. As far racism? Go spend a year in Seoul or work for Samsung. You will truly feel what racism is like. Koreans are the most racist/ xenophobic people on Earth.

  3. mark

    May 30, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    There’s still an LPGA tour?????

  4. HKO

    May 30, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    comments here are worse than what Haney farted thru his mouth. unbelievable level of racism & misogyny. oh and dyslexia. #shame

  5. Todd

    May 30, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    His Voodoo snake oil must be effecting his brain….

    • 2putttom

      Jun 3, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      well if it works then I want some., opps! guess it works lol

  6. Patricknorm

    May 30, 2019 at 10:43 am

    This is a typical American old white guy response. I know many don’t get the implication but golf is a world game. Much of the LPGA tour is sponsored by Asian companies. Hank is not very bright. And this response didnt surprise me. Tiger Woods mother is Asian. Michelle Wie is Asian American. Goodbye Hank. Probably cost you a gig on PGA tour radio.

  7. Thomas A

    May 30, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Man, this comment section shows that ignorance abounds in the golf world. Way too many men (and it’s always men) are so easily offended that you can’t disparage other people. What Hank said was racist and sexist. He should have just said “I don’t pay enough attention to the LPGA to pick a winner.”

    • Pepe

      May 30, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      if he said “not sure, probably an american named smith” would that be racist?????? NO

    • 2putttom

      Jun 3, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      lol…. but he does and he did.

  8. Adam

    May 30, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Always disliked Haney. He’s a jerk. He gives golf a bad name, like all those country club jerks.

    If he’s so concerned about Korean players dominating, why doesn’t he coach up some US players? He is top level coach, isn’t he?

  9. Shaolin

    May 30, 2019 at 9:40 am

    It’s not just he said, it’s how he said it.
    Just saying the truth doesn’t not mean you can’t make it racist and sexist.

  10. hank

    May 30, 2019 at 9:35 am

    wonder what the reaction is by those who are so incredibly offended….when a korean wins.

    sometimes the truth hurts

  11. Blake

    May 30, 2019 at 9:30 am

    So your telling me if vegas offered a bet of “a korean wins or someone named lee” your not gonna bet that?

    Haney did nothing wrong

  12. Steve

    May 30, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I was literally thinking the exact same thing earlier this week when they announced the prize money has increased to $1 million. “Which Korean will get it and does anyone know even three players that aren’t named Paige or Lee?”

    He’s 100% right and those ladies better not complain too much or the gravy train may come to a grinding halt.

    • Steve

      May 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Nice threat! You sound like a real swell guy.

  13. JThunder

    May 30, 2019 at 3:38 am

    People who have no empathy for what may offend others are very often, ironically, the easiest to offend if you find the right button to push. They find it very easy to say “what’s the big deal” or “he’s speaking the truth” when it’s something they’d say themselves. But insult something *they* hold dear and watch their head explode…

    The world needs more empathy and less people just “speaking their mind”. Kids who are raised right are taught by their parents not to just “speak their mind” without thinking first when they’re about 5 years old.

    The anonymous internet and ludicrous amount of “content” being generated are driving the world rapidly in the opposite direction. The last two years have proven that lacking empathy does NOT make the world a better place.

    • bud

      May 30, 2019 at 9:30 am

      i see a world where people are live in constant outrage over the dumbest things and will always find something to be offended about. haney literally said what most think…that a korean will likely win and where are they playing…

      cue up those eager to be offended and play the role of the victim. its so tiring

      • Thomas A

        May 30, 2019 at 10:29 am

        Bud, you can start by getting you head out of you a**. What he said was completely offensive to Koreans and Asians and women. He just wrote off an entire segment of the population because he’s too ignorant to not know when to shut up. You seem to be in the same category.

      • Billy Bob

        May 30, 2019 at 1:23 pm

        Bud, if you would be so kind, please explain something about the comment you made. If someone were to ask you who you thought would be most likely to win the Women’s U.S. Open, would you name a golfer’s name or would you simply make some broad statement that probably some Korean woman is likely to win?

        Because one could assume that if you are able to reply with a golfer’s name, you probably would have a bit more than just a passing or casual interest in women’s golf and have an opinion on who is currently playing well and has their game in order, but if the remark you make is focused on the probability of the player’s nationality, you have opted to completely ignore the question and simply use the moment to spout off some lame, off the cuff, social commentary.

        The simple fact is that everyone who has any small degree of interest in golf is well aware of the fact that currently there is an unusually high number of Korean women who are competing at the very highest level on the LPGA tour, so for an insider professional like Hank Haney to cavalierly point that out, it is nothing more than boring at best.

        But unfortunately, Hank – perhaps thinking that he has a budding future in the ‘golf entertainment business’ – decided not to let his boring remark simply die or or use it as a lame prelude to discussing what we could do here in the United States to get more young American women interested in playing golf at the highest level; no Hank decided to use his first lame comment as a springboard into making unnecessary comments about people’s family names.

        Not exactly a class act.

        So in summary Bud, I would like to defend what JThunder wrote, because it isn’t always about ‘freedom of speech’ vs ‘politically correct’, often it’s about something more. Often it is about things like politeness and self restraint – you know, those kind of things that are often grouped under a general label of ‘basic potty training’ when we talk about raising our children.

    • Blake

      May 30, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      Agreed, like people are offended that other people are offended. People, women and minorities especially, are no more offended than they always have been. They’re just not keeping it in any more and have a lot more platforms to express their feelings.

  14. Carole

    May 30, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Hank stepped on this tong this time….he is just one of the majority of people in the golf business that know the PGA TOUR is the place where the money and fans are. As good at the game as members of the LPGA are they are not at the same level and never will be with the PGA TOUR. Like any sport it is the BEST and highest level of that sport that people want to see…anything else is minor league events good just not the best….

  15. Brandon

    May 29, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Millennials crying about racism and sexism when the statement is just straight factual. Color me shocked.

  16. Johnny Penso

    May 29, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    While I agree it’s much ado about nothing, I’m a little surprised the HH would be so dismissive of a part of the game that puts food on his table. He’s not a dummy so he’s got to know that being dismissive of the female side of professional golf is not going to go over well.

  17. DB

    May 29, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Where’s the lie?

  18. tomas

    May 29, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    what is racist about what he said?? He said the truth. The LPGA tour is a joke. An american based tour with mostly Koreans who contend every week… not racist just fact .. little girls can’t identify with them anymore. Broken or little english, not good for tv .. they can deny it all t why want. 1 american has won this year … 1 .. the golf is good, better than ever , but americans could care less

    • Rick

      May 29, 2019 at 10:48 pm

      So Americans do care? Seems like you’re contradicting yourself.

    • Shallowface

      May 30, 2019 at 9:12 am

      If Americans don’t like the fact that Koreans have taken over the LPGA Tour, there is one solution.

      Play better.

      The Korean LPGA stars are to be admired. Their work ethic is unmatched. I wish American children were raised with the standards of hard work and respect for parents and others with which Asian children are raised.

      It’s going to happen to the men’s PGA Tour as well. That part of the world is going to bury us in every way imaginable. Why? Harder work and better parenting. Higher standards. Not coddling every form of deviancy imaginable. And that’s just for starters.

    • Steve

      May 30, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      All those players are just some chick named, Lee,right?

      If you’re daughter cannot identify with these great players maybe your daughter just doesn’t like golf (which is fine!) or maybe she’s just picking up on the racist tendencies you exemplify. NHL, MLB and NBA have players who don’t speak great English. Young people don’t seem to mind.

  19. Golf golf golf

    May 29, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I hope this ends Hack Haney’s career.

    • 2putttom

      Jun 3, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      if anything his prediction was correct so, he has that goin for him.

  20. Byron

    May 29, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    It’s the LKPGA Tour…right?

  21. Justin L

    May 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Wow, he says something that is absolutely correct and he is being lambasted for it.
    Oh my I might offend someone. I better be careful of what I say. FO

  22. Dave r

    May 29, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Oh Hank really.

  23. Mums

    May 29, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    From what I’ve listened to on his radio show on xm, HH comes off, imo, a bit of a douche. I am surprised he didn’t mention his time with Tiger in this take. There are a lot of Koreans killing it on the LPGA, and, as a smallish country (South Korea), really kicking ass. His take is glib, but idk if it is racist or sexist. Obviously, economic reasons dictate coverage, so it is unlikely the pedestrian golf fan will be as acquainted with the women’s tour as with the men. It is what it is…

  24. Rich Douglas

    May 29, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    C’mon, Hank. That was really ignorant.

    Yes, the LPGA is dominated by Korean golfers, as a group. But it used to be dominated by American golfers, and no one made a big deal about that.

    Adding insult to injury, you made fun of them because you can’t remember their names, like it’s their fault you’re not paying attention. And the nonsense about “Lee” was really over the top. If it had been a bunch of black golfers you named “Leroy,” it couldn’t have been worse.

    BTW, the most common Korean surname isn’t even “Lee.” It’s “Kim.”

    No, Hank, you’re not a racist. You’re much worse. You’re an insidious bigot, assuming the rest of the world should be as you understand it, and if you don’t, it’s their fault. I’m sure you’re a nice guy and you meant no harm, but that’s really the point, isn’t it? For once, take a lesson instead of giving them.

  25. TexasSnowman

    May 29, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    he’s not wrong; but he is a douche.

  26. Jack Nash

    May 29, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Wee is still playing golf? Didn’t know. I bet Nike is pi$$ed that they’re still paying and not getting any promo value.

    • Rich Douglas

      May 29, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      “Wie.” She’s injured. It’s odd that you have a problem with that.

      • Jack Nash

        May 30, 2019 at 7:21 am

        No problem with injuries. She was Mia prior to them. I suppose you knew that too.

  27. Bogeypro

    May 29, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Snowflakes got triggered. He’s not wrong.

  28. Geoffrey Holland

    May 29, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Hank just had his big miss. Good riddance to nasty losers.

  29. dtrain

    May 29, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Ha, Michelle Wie is angry because he wasn’t including her as one of the Koreans he favors.

  30. Tiger

    May 29, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I mean he isn’t wrong…

  31. dj

    May 29, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Comments like those make him appear to be a douche

  32. The dude

    May 29, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    It’s a PC world we live in….enjoy

  33. 2putttom

    May 29, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Geez ! if this is the full story then lighten up.

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com; @benalberstadt on Instagram)

September 20, 2019

Good Friday morning, golf fans.
1. Another bite at the Hoge 
Sean Martin at PGATour.com…“Tom Hoge couldn’t keep pace with Joaquin Niemann over the final holes of last week’s A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, but now Hoge finds himself atop the leaderboard in the second event of the PGA TOUR season.”
  • “Hoge, who finished second to Niemann on Sunday, shot a bogey-free 64 on Thursday to lead the Sanderson Farms Championship before first-round play was suspended due to weather.”
  • “Hoge temporarily tied Niemann at The Greenbrier’s Old White TPC after making birdie on the 12th hole. Hoge bogeyed on two of his next three holes, though, and Niemann made six back-nine birdies to win by six strokes.”

Full piece.

2. Meanwhile, in Europe…
Round one at the BMW PGA…“Rory McIlroy made six bogeys and a double bogey in his last 11 holes to shoot 4-over 76 at the BMW PGA Championship, leaving the world No. 2 already 11 strokes off the first-round lead held by Matt Wallace on Thursday.”
  • “McIlroy’s round fell apart after his birdie at No. 5 that followed an eagle at No. 4, as he shot 42 in his back nine in glorious conditions at Wentworth.”
  • “One over for his round arriving at the 17th tee, he pulled his drive and wound up making a double-bogey 7. Another wayward drive led to a bogey at the 18th and he didn’t talk to reporters after his round.”

Full piece.

At the time of this writing, Danny Willett has an -8 second round going and is ahead by three at -12.

3. Romo planning to make the cut?
“The Forecaddie perused the Safeway Classic field next week and saw former quarterback Tony Romo will be playing on a sponsor invite. This was hardly earth-shattering given the former Cowboy’s appearance in three PGA Tour events and his passion for competitive golf.”
  • “But The Man Out Front also remembered Romo’s job with CBS where his uncanny ability to predict play calls has rapidly made him America’s most beloved football analyst. So what happens if Romo makes the cut in Napa when he and Jim Nantz are penciled in to work that Sunday’s Vikings-Bears game?”
  • “The Forecaddie hears CBS is just fine with Romo’s appearance and a backup plan is in place should he have the rounds of his life.”

Full piece.

4. First foreign-born U.S. Mid-Am winner
Golf Channel’s Will Gray…“Australian Lukas Michel rallied to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur final, 2 and 1, to punch his ticket to next year’s Masters and U.S. Open.”
  • “The 25-year-old from Melbourne trailed Joe Deraney for much of the 36-hole final at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., and Deraney held a 1-up advantage with just nine holes to play. But from there Michel turned the table, closing with birdies on four of his final eight holes. That included a birdie on No. 15, which gave him his first lead in 29 holes, and another on No. 16 to push his opponent to the brink.”
5. Stadium’s a goin’ up!
Golfweek’s Todd Kelly…”The Waste Management Phoenix Open is more than four months away but construction at TPC Scottsdale has already started.”
  • “The Thunderbirds House and Grounds Crew got things going on Monday, Sept. 16, the earliest the construction has ever started, but workers need to get going now because of the time and material it takes to build the luxury suites, grandstands, bleachers and all the other infrastructure for the tournament that draws the largest crowds in golf.”
  • “In 2018, tournament organizers announced a weekly attendance mark of more than 719,000. Close to 217,000 fans were tallied on Saturday that year, always the most highly attended day of the year for the Phoenix Open.”

Full piece.

6. ZJ takes advantage
PGATour.com’s Sean Martin…”‘Opportunity’ is a word used often at the Sanderson Farms Championship. The second event of the PGA TOUR season provides new players fresh off the Korn Ferry Tour the chance to gain experience, get a head-start in the FedExCup race and even earn that maiden victory and all the trappings that accompany it.”
  • “The PGA TOUR’s newest members aren’t the only ones who can change the trajectory of their career during this time of year, though. Veteran players, the ones with majors and FedExCups on their resume, also appear on the tee sheets of these early events. Many are trying to recapture that winning feeling or at least gain some confidence before the calendar changes to a new year.”

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7. Hovland’s “home” debut
Golf Digest’s John Huggan…”Viktor Hovland has never failed to shoot in the 60s on the European Tour. Not even once.”
  • “Of course, the three-under-par 69 with which the 22-year-old Norwegian began the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday is also his first round as a professional in a European Tour event. Which did not go unnoticed.”
  • “Interviewed by Sky Sports and the BBC after his seven-birdie, four-bogey trip around the famous old Burma Road, which left him four off the lead of England’s Matt Wallace, Hovland was then surrounded by a posse of the U.K.’s print media. And still then he wasn’t done. Three journalists from his home country-one from VG, the biggest-selling newspaper and another from NRK, the most-watched television station-are here to cover his debut on the Old World circuit.”

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An interesting question for Francesco Molinari in a New York Times interview…”On a personal note, does it bother you that soccer players get more adoration than golfers in Italy?”
  • After last year, I get stopped a lot more often and get asked for autographs and pictures. It’s the recognition of the results I’ve had and things I’ve accomplished in the last two years. And it feels nice. I love it when it’s young kids. Part of what I do is because I was that young kid looking up to Costantino Rocca and all the Italian players that were on tour. It’s great to know that I’m doing the same now with the younger generations.”
  • “But I’m not the kind of guy who looks for too much public attention. Footballers get a lot of love, but they also get a lot of hate as well when they don’t play well. Italians are very passionate about sports. Football is a tough sport to be in. I’d rather golf.”

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  • “The opening six holes of the event billed as ‘The Challenge: Japan Skins’, will be worth $10,000 each, with the value of holes increasing as the match continues – with the potential of there being a total of $100,000 on the line on the 18th hole.”
  • “The event is scheduled to finish under the lights, and according to the release, will feature “special in-match challenges and surprises.”
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September 19, 2019

Good Thursday morning, golf fans.
1. Red lights for slow play at Wentworth this week
Golf Digest’s John Huggan…”A lot of the time players are unaware that they are out of position,” said John Paramor, the European Tour’s chief referee. “So we felt that we would like to find a method that would tell them when they are. So we are trialing this week a system where they will have that information on five tees [Nos. 4, 7, 10, 13 and 16]. The previous group’s time will be recorded when they walk off the green. Then that time will be deducted from that of the next group, who will then be able to tell if they are within time.”
  • “Specifically, each monitor will operate a color-coded system, similar to a traffic light. If the number shown is red, then that group can expect to be monitored by the rules team very soon thereafter. If it is green, the players are in good shape and in position with the group ahead. Amber means the group is only slightly out position, but the players should be aware that they are going to have to move a little quicker.”

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  • “The 29-year-old Ryder Cup winner made his second appearance in court on Wednesday, charged with sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft.”
  • “Olesen, of Chelsea, south-west London, has also been charged with assault by beating.
  • “…Olesen, who has been granted unconditional bail, did not enter a plea at a short hearing on Wednesday at Isleworth Crown Court.”

Full piece. 

3. Why Rory re-joined the European Tour…
From a Press Association report…”Everyone has to look out for themselves and next year I’m looking out for me,” McIlroy said during the DP World Tour Championship in November, before describing the European Tour as “a stepping stone” ahead of the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January.”
  • “However, following a meeting with European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, McIlroy took up his membership before the May 1 deadline and can begin earning points for the 2020 Ryder Cup when qualification begins with this week’s BMW PGA Championship.”
  • “Asked what led to the change of heart, McIlroy said: “My wife. She said to me, ‘what are you trying to do, or what sort of point are you trying to make?’.”

Full piece.

4. Rory on Solheim slow play
Martin Dempster at The Scotsman quoting McIlroy…”I think it’s a start,” said the world No 2 of a GPS tracking devices being used to monitor each group’s position on the course, with the data to be displayed on five tees to inform players where they stand in relation to the groups around them.”
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  • “Look, it’s not a great thing for our game. I don’t want to single out particular people, but I watched a lot of the Solheim Cup at the weekend, and it was really slow. As much as you want to sit there and watch and support the European girls, it’s just hard not to get frustrated with it. If I’m a fan – and I am a fan of golf – I want the best for the game. It’s hard because there’s different scenarios where you have to take your time. It was tough conditions up there. It was windy. It was tough.”
5. The PGA Tour is also using GPS slow play tracking…
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard…”The PGA Tour began using GPS tracking devices this year at “numerous” events, including The Players in March, as well as information provided by ShotLink.”
  • “We’ve used ShotLink data for some time to work with players over the years and maybe show them areas of their game where they might take a little more time,” said Tyler Dennis, the Tour’s chief of operations. “These [GPS] devices are the last missing piece. How long does it take to reach a tee, how fast do they walk. These are things that we can now see.”
  • “The Tour announced last month a plan to review its pace-of-play policy using data generated by ShotLink and Dennis explained that players have been asked at various events this season to test the tracking devices, which are simply placed in a player’s golf bag.”

Full piece.

6. Vice captain Karlsson 
Via RyderCup.com…”European Captain Padraig Harrington has named Robert Karlsson as his first vice captain for The 2020 Ryder Cup against the United States at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin next September.”
  • “The 50-year-old Swede twice represented Europe in The Ryder Cup – including partnering Harrington twice in foursomes at Valhalla in 2008 – and he will return to the backroom team in the biennial contest having been vice captain to Thomas Bjørn at Le Golf National in 2018″
7. Distinguished service
Via the PGA.com staff…”Barbara Nicklaus, one of the game’s most successful ambassadors and admired advocates for the healthcare of future generations in addition to being the wife of the greatest champion in golf history, has been named recipient of the 2019 PGA Distinguished Service Award.”
  • “Nicklaus, 79, will be honored Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the PGA of America’s 103rd Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since 1988, the PGA Distinguished Service Award honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.”

Full piece. 

8. Jack discusses the Concession 
And in news related to her husband…the Golden Bear recently discussed the most famous gimme in pro golf history…
  • USA Today, Golfweek’s Steve DiMeglio...”Jacklin left his putt two feet short, while Nicklaus ran his attempt five feet by the hole. But Nicklaus drained his comebacker and then extended his hand in a gesture that was criticized by a few at the time but heralded by many more ever since.
  • “I knew going down the 18th hole as long as I didn’t lose the hole, we would retain the cup. Jacklin had a 25-footer and I had a 17- or 18-footer. He ran it up close and I ran it five feet by the hole and thought ‘Oh what an idiot,'” Nicklaus said. “I had a downhill left-to-right slider that I made, and I knew the match was essentially over from the standpoint of losing. I didn’t think of all this at the same time, but Tony had been the first hero that England had had in a long time. If he would’ve missed that putt, the British press would’ve barbecued him.”
  • “Instead of Jacklin facing a knee-knocker to earn the first tie in Ryder Cup history, Nicklaus bent over and picked up his opponent’s marker and conceded the putt. The two finished equal and the matches ended up 16-16. “

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9. Bhatia ready for the big time
Golf Channel’s Will Gray…”At just 17 years old, Bhatia bears the fresh face and thin frame you might expect of a typical high school senior. His golf game, however, is ready for the big time. At least that’s the assertion of Bhatia and his close-knit team, as the teen sensation gets ready to make his pro debut this week at the Sanderson Farms Championship without ever setting foot on a college campus.”
  • “Bhatia’s game is well-regarded in the amateur ranks. He won the prestigious Jones Cup, was ranked No. 5 in the world and just this month helped the U.S. to a Walker Cup victory at Royal Liverpool. Bhatia received social media well-wishes Wednesday from former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, whose academy in South Carolina has been a frequent destination for the bespectacled southpaw as he honed his game.”
  • “Bhatia’s fast track to the pros has not been an overnight decision. When he made his PGA Tour debut in March, missing the cut with rounds of 74-72 at the Valspar Championship, he told reporters that he and his parents had talked about his option to skip college since he was in the eighth grade.”

 

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