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Indian-origin teen brigade makes the charge into US Open this year

Jun 18, 2021

Last January, Indian-beginning golf player Akshay Bhatia had his fanboy second when he went with Phil Mickelson on the six-time significant champ’s personal luxury plane for an European Tour occasion in Saudi Arabia. This week, the 19-year-old from North Carolina will impart space to Mickelson by and by — at the esteemed US Open, where Bhatia will turn into the most youthful Indian-beginning golf player to play in a Major title.

Eight Indian golf players have played at golf Majors previously. Be that as it may, Bhatia, a double cross Junior PGA Champion and silver medallist for USA at the 2018 Youth Olympics, is driving a youthful detachment of second-age golf players of Indian beginning.

As of late, 17-year-old Megha Ganne, a Holmdel, New Jersey understudy destined for Stanford, started to a first-round score of 67, tying for the second-most minimal score for a novice in the ladies’ US Open, prior to completing tied-fourteenth. Megha’s folks have establishes in Vijayawada and Bengaluru.Another Indian-beginning golf player 23-year-old Sahith Theegala, as well, fixed his spot at Pennsylvania for the US Open, the third of four Majors with the most elevated winning satchel of $12.5 million.

Bhatia followed his sister Rhea to California’s Santa Clarita fairway. Father Sunil follows his underlying foundations to Delhi yet experienced childhood in London and maintains a land business. Mother Renu deals with a golf occasion organization. Rhea played the university circuit at Charlotte as Bhatia gradually got used to the game.

“As a lesser, I once watched the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 on TV and at my age, I am really eager to be in the field in the US Open one week from now. I have been getting such countless messages on my Instagram from everywhere the world and from India and I desire to do equity to the gigantic assumptions,” says Bhatia, addressing The Indian Express via telephone from his home at Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Bhatia asserted his first PGA Junior Championship title in 2017 at St Albans with another competition record. Then, at that point, he set another course record while guarding the title one year from now, trailed by his expert presentation at Sanderson Farms in 2019.

The six-feet-tall left-hander plays practice adjusts with Mickelson frequently. “I consider him to be a guide, companion and older sibling and he does a great deal for me. To see one of the legends of the game consideration around a 19-year-old child is truly cool. He has assisted with my chipping and comprehension of short game and course the board,” says Bhatia, who likes to invest his free energy fishing and bowling.

Preparing under mentor Chase Duncan, and having sharpened his driving game before under swing mentor George Gankas, the teen seeks Tiger Woods for notes on the forthcoming task. “Recordings of Woods winning the US Open at Torrey Pines in 2008 assisted me with understanding the standards at the course,” he says.

Mickelson was cited by GolfWeek magazine as saying: “As far as I might be concerned, to play with little youngsters like Akshay, who are so gifted, rouses me and causes me to recollect what it seemed like to play golf as a child. Since as he begins on his vocation, you can detect his energy for the game, his drive, his inspiration, his hard working attitude, and that is irresistible.”

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