Akshay Bhatia Misses Opportunity to Join Exclusive List at Rocket Mortgage Classic

Akshay Bhatia narrowly missed the chance to join a select group of players who have won three times on the PGA Tour before turning 23. At the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Bhatia three-putted the 72nd hole, resulting in a bogey that cost him a playoff opportunity. Only five players in the last 40 years, including Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Tom Kim, have achieved this feat. Bhatia, who won’t turn 23 until January 31, 2025, will need to secure a major victory to garner further attention as a rising talent in the game.

In another development at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Cameron Young, starting the day one stroke off the lead, struggled with a final round score of 73, finishing tied for 6th place. Despite seven runner-up finishes since joining the PGA Tour in the 2021-22 season, Young is yet to secure his first win. His short game and mental fortitude have been identified as areas for improvement.

Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America, announced his departure after six years in the role. Waugh’s most significant contribution during his tenure was the expansion of the PGA REACH Foundation, which aims to introduce golf to younger and diverse players, as well as those with limited access to the sport. He successfully secured substantial funding to support this initiative.

LIV Golf, a professional golf league, faced a setback as its streaming partner, Caffeine TV, closed down midway through their first season of partnership. With six events remaining in LIV Golf’s 2024 schedule, the absence of a paid streaming rights partner in the United States poses challenges for the league’s viewership and expansion goals. LIV Golf aims to attract a wider audience by offering a unique team concept and 54-hole tournaments, but until more people understand and experience the league, it may continue to face difficulties.

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