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Callaway signs 17-year-old Akshay Bhatia to Tour staff; Akshay Bhatia WITB photos

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Callaway Golf has announced the signing of 17-year-old Akshay Bhatia to their Tour staff as he prepares to play his first event as a professional this week.

Bhatia starred on the U.S. Walker Cup team this summer, winning two matches during the event while being the youngest U.S. player in history to compete in the tournament.

Speaking on signing for Callaway, Bhatia stated

“I’m joining Callaway because the performance from the equipment is amazing; it’s better than what I could have ever imagined. Working with the Tour Team and learning about all of the technology that goes into their products has been a lot of fun for me, and the equipment gives me a lot of confidence as I start my professional career.”

The 17-year-old who has previously competed in PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour events as an amateur was the number one ranked junior in the world and reached number four in the world amateur rankings before turning pro.

Bhatia also won the 2019 Jones Cup Amateur Invitational, earned three American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) victories in 2018 and became the first player to win back-to-back Boys Junior PGA Championships in 2017 and 2018 during his illustrious amateur career.

Tim Reed, SVP of Global Sports Marketing, Callaway Golf, had this to say on the signing of Bhatia

“Akshay is one of the most prolific amateurs the golf world has seen in a long time, and we’re thrilled to have him join our Professional Tour Staff. 

He has all the tools to compete at a high level, he’s mature beyond his years, and we’re confident that he is going to have a lot of success using our equipment. We’re fortunate to have so many impressive young players on our staff, and we look forward to working with Akshay for many years to come.”

Bhatia will tee it up as a Callaway staffer for the first time at this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship with a full Callaway bag which includes the brand’s Epic Flash Driver.

(Reportedly Bhatia is still choosing between putters, but this was the one in his bag)

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. rex 235

    Sep 18, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Great for Akshay Bhatia!

    LH Callaway blade irons with lead tape, and a SHAY stamp? There’s some straight old school..

    It isn’t how pretty, it’s how MANY.

    PS-TM was NEVER going to make any P-730 blade irons for a LH golfer-w/Tiger, Rory, Dustin? Nope!

    You got $2 grand for Tiger’s irons? Yes, but-LH? No, sorry..

    That choice was made long long ago..One person stated then the LH Blade market was- “tiny”

    “Tiny” that.

  2. Tom54

    Sep 18, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Callaway certainly can’t be pleased with the look of these irons in his bag. I’ve seen better looking irons sitting out by the street waiting for the trash man.

  3. Michael Bertulli

    Sep 18, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    i want to know what the faces look like on those irons.. beautiful to say the least..

  4. Sam

    Sep 17, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I’m shocked that TM didn’t pick him up!! It appeared that he was using TM stuff for a long time.

    Callaway must be doing some good things lately, as they are picking up a lot of new staff members!

    Good luck to him and hope he plays well this week!

    • the dude

      Sep 17, 2019 at 6:31 pm

      appears they kept the ball in his bag…..

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The Challenge: Japan Skins – All the details that you need to know

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Just three days remain before Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day take part in “The Challenge: Japan Skins”, and here are all the essential details that you need to know before the event takes place.

What is the Skins format?

  • The lowest score for each hole wins that hole and the money that hole is worth.
  • In the result of a tied hole, the “skin” carries over to the next hole and continues to do so until won by one of the four players.
  • In the result of a tied 18th hole, a playoff will take place to see who wins the final skin.
  • The value of the 18th hole will not multiply if a playoff takes place.

The value of each skin.

  • Holes 1-6: $10,000 per skin
  • Holes 7-12: $15,000 per skin
  • Holes 13-17: $20,000 per skin
  • Hole 18: $100,000 super skin

What we know about the extra challenges.

  • Money won from the extra challenges will go towards the event’s charity partners.
  • Extra challenge details are not yet known, but expect something similar to the side action we saw in “The Match Woods-Mickelson.”

How can you watch?

  • Event takes place October 21st, 1 PM local time in Japan, 12 AM ET in the U.S.
  • U.S. viewers can watch the simulcast live on Golf Channel beginning at 11 p.m. ET.
  • Viewers outside the U.S. can tune into the event on Discovery’s GOLFTV.
  • Those in the UK & Ireland will need to pay a small subscription fee for Discovery’s GOLFTV.

Who is the betting favorite?

  • Rory McIlroy is a warm favorite for the event at +200.

Full odds courtesy of BetOnline:

  • Rory McIlroy +200
  • Hideki Matsuyama +250
  • Jason Day +300
  • Tiger Woods +325
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Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

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Sharp looking Kyoei KK prototype wedges.

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New designs from Bettinardi.

Dormie Sugar Skull covers.

New addition from Swag.

Great photos of Baltusrol Upper Course courtesy of Cameron More.

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