Sam Bennett continues to make headlines after an incredible debut at the Masters. The amateur player shocked viewers with a top 20 finish in his first appearance at Augusta National, posting a final score of -2.
The youngster, who is wrapping up his final year at Texas A&M, burst onto the scene with back-to-back 68s through the first two rounds. Bennett soared to as high as No. 2 on the leaderboard before finishing in a tie for 16th place.
In the process, he became the first amateur player since 2005 to finish in the top 20 at Augusta. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to cash in his $261,000 winnings due to that amateur status, though he’ll likely see a few new NIL opportunities as a result of his impressive performance.
Following that showing on the course, Sam Bennett was congratulated for his play. He was interviewed by Jim Nantz alongside Masters winner Jon Rahm after the tournament. The interaction provided viewers with an awkward moment, which has now gone viral online.
Here’s the Sam Bennett moment I was talking:
“Green jacket, huh? Alright! Well, see you guys later…” pic.twitter.com/Flb13vGc4q https://t.co/3RIaZgb6Jn
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) April 10, 2023
Both golfers sat across Nantz, receiving congratulations for their play over the weekend. As the conversation shifted to Rahm and the Green Jacket, Bennett stood up mid conversation and left the room.
Many online were quick to react to the interaction. Here’s what they had to say.
One person wrote, “This is hilarious,” while another said, “I think it was just awkward timing and cues all around.”
Others said it looked like Bennett had to take a restroom break.
— MisterWoodhouse (@mistahwoodhouse) April 10, 2023
While the moment was both funny and awkward, Bennett likely just left on what he believed to be his cue.
This fan noticed a slight head nod from Jim Nantz, saying, “You can tell Nantz looked right at him and gave a slight body nod that it was time to depart.”
While that was likely the case, it still looked odd.
I’m guessing someone told him that was his cue to leave? Still looked odd though.
— Robby Quatro 🏁 (@robbwhite4) April 10, 2023
This ceremony is performed every year, but Bennett’s hurried exit wasn’t quite as seamless as years past. Typically, you may see the amateur stand in unison with the champs before the cameras zoom in on the Green Jacket exchange.
It was just the latest viral moment for Sam Bennett, who also got some attention for his sentimental tattoo prior to the tournament’s start. Despite the awkward final moment, it was a great weekend for the amateur.