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Sam Bennett clinched the US Amateur championship in dramatic fashion over the weekend, beating Ben Carr 1up in the 36-hole final.

However, it wasn’t the stellar play that Bennett showed that got everyone talking.

The 22-year-old attracted plenty of attention on social media, thanks to a pre-shot routine that includes 12 looks at the target, before pulling the trigger.

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Earlier in the week, when asked about playing an opponent known for a speedy pace of play, the Texas A&M student said:

“I might slow down. I think I’m a pretty slow player. Yeah, I could maybe slow him down.”

Viewers of the final certainly picked up on Bennett’s measured approach.

However, some were quick to defend the No. 3 ranked amateur in the world, saying that Bennett was within the 40-second window that is allowed for playing a shot.


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Lewis Fraser As bunkered’s Performance Editor, Lewis oversees the content that’s designed to make you a better player. From the latest gear to tuition, nutrition, strategy and more, he’s the man. A graduate of the University of Stirling, Lewis joined bunkered in 2021. Formerly a caddie at Castle Stuart Golf Links, he is a member of Bathgate Golf Club where he plays off four.

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