U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR
The Finalists: Tale of the Tape July 20, 2018 | SPRINGFIELD, N.J.

MICHAEL THORBJORNSEN

TOPIC

AKSHAY BHATIA

16

AGE

16

Wellesley, Mass.

HOMETOWN

Wake Forest, N.C

211

WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANK

95

21 holes, over Cameron Sisk

SEMIFINAL WIN

4 & 2, over Cole Hammer

None of his matches reached the 17th hole until the semifinal

KEY STAT

Has not trailed by more than 1 down in any match

First USGA championship

BEST USGA FINISH

Rd. of 64, 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur; Rd. of 32, 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

2016 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals (Boys 14-15 champion)

BEST WIN

2018 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley

“It’s obviously amazing. I also get into the U.S. Amateur, which I didn’t enter. It’s great that I don’t have to qualify.”

REACHING THE FINAL MEANS…

“It’s something special, just knowing that I have fought my way through getting past some of the greatest juniors in the world.”

“Being on TV one more day, that’s amazing. And playing this amazing golf course for 36 more holes.”

MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO…

“Playing 36 more at Baltusrol; this course is such a treat for us.”

“Even when it gets tough out there, I can grind through it and never give up, even if I’m down in a match.”

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF

“I’m a fighter. I’m a grinder. I can make putts when I need to. I’ve learned what pressure feels like, and I overcame it.”