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Good Sports: Akshay Bhatia Wins Second PGA Title

Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai
May 2024
Good Sports: Akshay Bhatia Wins Second PGA Title

Akshay Bhatia hasn’t followed the smoothest path to golf stardom. At age 17, he skipped college to play professional golf and it took him four years to achieve full status on the PGA tour.

Now 22, he qualified for this year’s Masters Tournament by winning the Valero Texas Open. But his second PGA Tour win did not come easy. He was leading by four strokes after three rounds and shot 67 in the final round, which should have allowed him to cruise to victory, except that Denny McCarthy made seven straight birdies to finish the round. Bhatia had to sink a 11- foot putt just to force a playoff. He made the shot, but one of his celebratory fist pumps popped his left shoulder out of its socket.

As luck would have it, McCarthy dropped his second shot in the playoff into a creek. Bhatia got treatment on his shoulder and then made a birdie to clinch victory and $1.66 million in prize money.

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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