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"Don’t wait to do something"

Masters 2023: Amateur starts 3 under through two holes, showing Scheffler and Homa a thing or two

April 06, 2023

Andrew Redington

There are dream starts to your first round ever in the Masters and then there’s what Sam Bennett produced on Thursday at Augusta National.

Paired up with defending champ Scottie Scheffler and fan-favorite Max Homa, the Texas A&M amateur was able to get the crowd going all on his own after a chip-in eagle on No. 2, which just so happened to be preceded by a birdie on No. 1.

The 2022 U.S. Amateur champion who hails from Texas is just 23 but hasn’t let his lack of Augusta experience faze him. It’s not like he hasn’t played a big match or two while at Texas A&M.

When you’re getting a fortuitous roll like Bennett got on the first hole, you know you’re going to have a good day. A T-5 spot after your first two holes in a major is certainly nothing to laugh at.

Bennett got some attention heading into this event after a story went viral about a recent tattoo.

The fifth-year senior from Madisonville, Texas, got the words “Don’t wait to do something” inked on his arm, as a tribute to his late father, who passed away after years of living with early-onset Alzheimer's. Those were his father’s last-written words.

It certainly looks like Bennett isn’t letting this opportunity pass him by, and no matter how he fares the rest of the tournament, you certainly can’t take this start away from him.

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