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It’s been a whirlwind few months for Caleb Surratt.
The 19-year-old was playing in the Walker Cup in September, now he’s representing LIV Golf’s newest team.
Legion XIII, made up of LIV rookies including big-money signings Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton as well as Surratt and qualifier Kieran Vincent, could not have had a better start to life on Greg Norman’s circuit, lifting the team title at the season-opener in Mayakoba.
Captain Rahm, Hatton, Surratt and Vincent finished third, eighth, 13th and 38th respectively to finish on a combined 24-under-par to complete a four-shot win over Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers in Mexico.
While Surratt’s combined individual and team winnings earned him just north of $1 million on his professional debut, he had cited linking up with Rahm and Hatton – who formed a formidable partnership at the Ryder Cup in Rome – as the main reason he opted to start his career with LIV.
“You go from moving out of your dorm room to competing with the best players in the world,” the teenager said. “And having two of them truly being your daily mentors on the golf course, it seemed like a big opportunity for me and my golf game.
“Of course everybody is going to be entitled to their opinion, but I have no doubt that this is what was best for me and my golf game and the future of my professional career.”
But Hatton’s mentorship of Surratt took a unexpected turn as the team headed to Las Vegas for the second tournament of the season.
As the team were checking into their hotel in Sin City, Surratt had some issues. Hatton, speaking to LIV Golf’s Mike McAllister, explained the situation.
“Checking in yesterday, I kept looking over to Caleb, and he was looking over at me quite nervous,” he explained. “So once I finished checking in, I wandered over to make sure that he was OK.
“As I got there, the lady checking him in said that he needed someone over 21 to be on the reservation to allow him to stay in the room.
“I had to hand over my driver’s license to make sure he had a bed for the night.”
Oh to be an incredibly talented teenage millionaire.
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