It was an interaction with Masters chairman Fred Ridley but Akshay Neranjen’s gaze was fixed on the Green Jacket. “I almost felt like reaching out and touching it,” said Akshay, one of the six Indians at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship earlier this month at the Dubai Creek Golf Club.
Moments such as this and meeting Frank Nobilo and Colt Knost were sprinkled through the week. Tales of inspiration were imbibed and the urge to figure on the big stage, like The Open tee Akshay had on during the interaction, is among them.
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On the golf course, there were takeaways as well. Making cut under the gun was one and the realisation to play faster greens a lot more and gain some distance off the tee.