Jeev Milkha Singh, Sharmila Nicollet, Aditi Ashok, and...???
Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Jason Day, and...???
A rising name is all set to make its entry on these prestigious listings having big names in the near future.
Living in a country where Cricket is a religion and every other sport seems to be sidelined, it is only obvious to be totally unaware of the happenings in the rich man's sport, Golf. But WittyFeed recently came in contact with a name that can break this wall and make every Indian instantly interested in Golf.
The teen sensation Aadil Bedi, 16, is our star for the month and we have all the exclusive news about this budding sportsman that deserve your attention.
Let's get to understand what made us tag him as "India's decorated Tiger Woods"...
PS He also shared with us a 'personal-tip' that Virat Kohli gave him. Find it later in the article!
He credits all his success to his parents who went to the extent of selling half of their parental property to meet the expenses of his training. His US trips cost him a good 7-10 lakh rupees and the Indian events cost 5-6 lakh rupees annually. His father told us in a telephonic interview that "Aadil was only 4-year-old when one fine day he grabbed his mom's saree, pulled, rounded, and swung it as if he was hitting a birdie." He started playing golf at the age of five and there was no looking back since then. He started participating in IGU (Indian Golf Union) National Golf Circuit the very next year and the graph of his ranking never witnessed a downfall.
But hold on, before we open our cards and surprise you with the stupendous facts about Aadil, we must also remember one other young talent.
Being an extremely expensive sport, difficult to find memberships in good academies, Clubs (the equipment used to play Golf) worth lakhs, Golf has long been considered as the sport of the rich. But this 12-YO son of a milkman whose inspiring story got featured on Aamir Khan's Satyamev Jayate went against all the odds to win IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas.
Coming back to our star performer Aadil, this teen has got a lot in his kitty that you must know as a sports enthusiast.
When asked about his inspiration, Aadil said- "I saw Tiger Woods winning the 2008 US Open that made me his fan and to be frank, many common people in the day-to-day life keep inspiring you and that motivates you to never back down in life."
Sitting on 900th position in WAGR (World Amateur Golf Ranking) and on 9th position in IGU men's Division national merit of 2018, Aadil has won 166 medals and trophies so far in as many as 275 national and international tournaments played.
Malcolm Gladwell, the bestselling author of books like Outliers and Blink, believes that expertise can be achieved in any field if one crosses the mark of 10000 hours of practice in it.
Our national hero, Aadil is chasing the same and has reached a commendable total of a crazy 9740 hours practicing the sport of Golf.
Special Golf Coach Bob Byman (charging a handsome sum of $400 per hour), Las Vegas United States of America and Jesse Grewal, Director CGA Golf Academy, Chandigarh are the ones behind the top-notch skills of the young golfer.
But there is an interesting catch here, Aadil's father being a passionate Golf player also coaches him and when asked about it, he said- "When it is about the training, one must not bring in emotions and my father knows it well while he trains me. But tbh, he works more as my Manager on my tours."
Aadil is very quickly climbing the ladder of success and his confident smile is evidence of the fact that we'll hear more about it in the near future.
When the topic of his popularity amongst his female fans and his meeting with Virushka popped up, Aadil concluded it in a charming way saying-
"Meeting Anushka and Virat was a dream come true and I could ask for nothing more. Virat was very polite and chilled out in his talks and he gave me a precious advice to always respect my dad. He also told me that it is good to be distracted at times and that I'm not required to over-practice. He suggested me to rather be an all-rounder and enjoy the life as it is."
In May 2017, AB (let's give him another nickname) had won the Amateur Championship in Singapore and went on to claim his first world title in the boys' 15-16 years category in the World Star of Junior Golf Championship at Paiute Golf Course, Las Vegas, USA where he scored 3-over-219 and won by four-shot margin over Pablo Alvaraj of Mexico.
He also talked about the fierce rivalry and unmatchable dedication that the American players bring in and accepted that his US tour helped him big time in understanding the real level of it.
When WittyFeed interviewed his proud father Mr Harinder Harry Bedi, he told us with utmost fervour- "It was very tough to get him the required equipment in the initial days because he was too little for a full-size club and hence we had to source it all the way from foreign. He has been high on dedication since the very beginning."
WittyFeed wishes Aadil a very successful 2018 and hope that his dream to win Olympic Golds for the country and win all the four Majors in Golf come true in the coming decade.
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