Just two short months ago, Sam Bennett was the hero on the course at Augusta National. Now, he’s quickly become a villain.
Many golf fans are crushing the youngster for his slow play at the US Open this past weekend, pointing to one instance in particular.
Bennett took the golf world by storm in May with his performance at the Masters. While playing as an amateur, he found himself near the top of the leaderboard for a large part of the tournament.
The Texas A&M Aggie made the cut and closed out a top 20 finish, which was the highest amateur finish since at least 2005. Due to his still being a college athlete, Bennett was unable to accept any of his winnings, which landed in the $260,000 range.
He was, however, given a seat next to champion Jon Rahm at the green jacket ceremony.
But, oh, how quickly fans move on.
Just a couple of short months later, Bennett is an official member of the PGA Tour. He participated in the US Open this past weekend in Los Angeles, and unfortunately, he drew the ire of many golf viewers.
The onlookers blasted the golfer for his slow play on the course. They pointed to one now viral moment from the tournament in which Bennett appears to adjust his grip 10 times before finally going through with his shot.
This is a sick man pic.twitter.com/UdSQv3SuPr
— Dylan (@dylblo) June 18, 2023
Fans were quick to post their reactions online.
This person wrote, “PULL THE TRIGGER!” while another said, “This is the worst kind of slow.”
This fan commented, “These players should be put on the clock and given shot penalties… It’s painful to watch.”
While a number of viewers complained from the couch, the critics aren’t likely to get Sam Bennett’s attention. In fact, on this shot that many are bashing, he nearly sank an impressive eagle.
Sam Bennett nearly holed out for eagle on 3. #USOpen
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) June 18, 2023
Bennett would finish the US Open at +5.