Child prodigy breaks Tiger Woods' record

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Eight year old Virat Bhadwar started playing golf at four, just like Tiger Woods and he's already broken one of Woods' records.

New Delhi: Eight year old Virat Bhadwar started playing golf at four, just like Tiger Woods and he's already broken one of Woods' records. Burn out isn't a factor for the prodigious golfer who practices four hours a day. At the World Juniors in San Diego last year, he broke Woods' record of 10 over par, finishing second with a score of one over. But ironically the 8 year old's favourite isn't Tiger Woods. "I like Ernie Els. I like him because his swing is like mine," said Virat. The class III student of Delhi Public School has already made it to the Limca Book of Records in 2003 as the youngest golfer in India to make a hole in one. Recently he finished fourth in the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship in Malaysia. Achievements that make for very proud parents. "It's a great feeling but he takes all the credit because it's very difficult for a child of his age to put in 4 to 5 hours of practice when he has a favourite cartoon programme coming on TV or he has a friend's birthday party to attend. He has achieved that and has made us proud," said Kumud Bhadwar, Virat's mother. Virat's achievements have also been recognised by the Government of India. He has been awarded a scholarship of Rs 5 lakh to undergo training at the IMG academy in Florida.
Topics : Golf
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