India may have found its next big sporting superstar in 10-year-old golfer Shubham Jaglan, who won his second consecutive major tournament in America last week.
Just days after winning the Junior World Golf Championships at the Welk Resort Fountain Course in California, Jaglan finished first again at the IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas.
The son of a milkman from rural Haryana won the Boys 9-10 category title by five strokes and is being touted as the subcontinent’s version of Tiger Woods.
“My world has changed completely. I was fighting for this win for three years. It’s just a dream come true. I am celebrating in a great way. All my friends are congratulating me,” he said after.
The youngster, who has been coached since the age of seven by former top Indian golfer Nonita Lall Qureshi, has won over 100 tournaments so far.
He trained at an abandoned agriculture field and practised his bunker shots from a concrete mixer filled with sand. He learnt most of his early golf watching stars like Woods on YouTube.
“Initially, I didn’t have a coach, so my dad got me a computer,” Jaglan explained. “I spent several hours learning the nuances from YouTube and picking up the basics of each shot. After watching videos, I would go out and practise the same shots.
“My grandfather took me to an academy (in Israna in Haryana’s Panipat district) for the first time.
“In the beginning my family members were not certain whether I would make a career out of golf, so they didn’t support me wholeheartedly. However, when they saw my commitment, they provided unlimited support.”
Now supported by the Golf Foundation, a charitable society formed by golfers to help under-privileged players, Jaglan lives with his family in Ashram, a south Delhi colony. He also featured on Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyamev Jayate last year.