Sam Bennett, a Texas A&M senior and 2022 U.S. Amateur champion, made history by becoming the first amateur to finish inside the top 10 after the first round of the 2023 Masters since Ryan Moore in 2005. He scored 4-under, matching the defending champion Scottie Scheffler’s score. Bennett’s performance was particularly impressive given the challenging conditions at Augusta National.
Bennett’s father, Mark Bennett, passed away in June 2021, and the golfer has a message from his late father tattooed on his left forearm: “Don’t wait to do something.” Looking at the tattoo before every shot gives him inspiration and helps him stay focused on his game. Bennett revealed that his father was the reason why he started playing golf and wanted to be good. He wanted to impress his father and make him proud.
Bennett’s father’s message resonates with many people, and it’s a reminder to live life to the fullest and not wait to pursue our dreams. Bennett’s performance at the Masters serves as an inspiration to many aspiring golfers and shows that hard work and dedication can pay off in the end.
Bennett’s impressive performance at the first round of the 2023 Masters earned him a spot alongside Scheffler and Max Homa for their group’s Round 2 tee time on Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET. Many golf fans will be watching closely to see if Bennett can continue to make history and make his mark at Augusta National.