LIV Golf Las Vegas: Tyrrell Hatton Turns ‘Underage’ Caleb Surratt’s Guardian Angel, Rescuing Him From Being Bedless

Published 02/07/2024, 2:30 AM EST

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An exuberant Caleb Surratt was in a rude shock in Las Vegas. He might have had a champagne shower in Mexico 48 hours earlier, but back at home, Surratt is still a kid of 19. And like any 19-year-old, he was not allowed to check in without a guardian. 

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The law in Vegas doesn’t allow anyone below 21 to make reservations in hotels. Surratt was in a quandary.  The University of Tennessee sophomore was not able to ask anyone directly. But good that Tyrrell Hatton kept a watch over the teenager, he was saved from further troubles. 

We don’t know if Hatton knew the rules, but being the oldest member of the team, he felt he had some additional responsibility. “Checking in yesterday, I kind of kept looking over to Caleb, and he was looking over at me quite nervous, so once I finished checking in, I sort of wandered over to make sure that he was okay,” the British Pro told the journalists during the LIV Golf Las Vegas press conference. 

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When Tyrrell Hatton went over to him, he got to know the hotel authorities wouldn’t allow Surratt to check in unless someone took the guardianship. “The lady checking him in said that he needed someone over 21 to be on the reservation to allow him to stay in the room,” the 2023 Ryder Cup winner chuckled. The Englishman had to hand over his driving license to make sure he [Caleb Surratt] had a bed for the night.

At 19, the Indian Trails teenager is the youngest member of the entire LIV Golf roster. In his last outing, Surratt carded a 5-under 208, to surge ahead of 40 players in his maiden outing. But, regardless of the performance, being nineteen in a team of experienced professional golfers comes with a catch. 

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Jon Rahm had some age-related discussions with Caleb Surratt

During the conversation, the team captain chimed in.  “We’ve had some funny discussions with ages related with (sic) Caleb and what he thought we were.” Apparently, Caleb Surratt couldn’t comprehend that Jon Rahm was just 29. “One of the first things he told me was man, I didn’t know you were only 29,” the Spaniard adds. 

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Surratt, though, insisted that he meant it as a compliment. Probably, the University of Tennessee product was awestruck that Rahm had achieved so much even before turning 30. But the reigning Masters champion thought otherwise. “I think, with the tone of how he said it, I think he thought I was closer to 40 than 30,” quipped the Spaniard. The team dynamics, that both Jon Rahm and Tyrell Hatton were so excited about, seem to be going pretty strong.

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