Amputee golfer from Phoenix heating up the links

PHOENIX -- Playing golf is hard enough with two legs. Well, how about doing it with one leg and being so good you are now a world champion?

Phoenix resident Christian Sidebottom has a monster drive and a handicap that has nothing to do with golf.

"I loved playing with two legs and I love playing now," he said.

The 23-year-old lost his leg to cancer four years ago and having played golf in high school he got fitted with a prosthetic and got back to the links.

"It's just as good as when I had both legs," Sidebottom said.

In fact his game is so good he just returned from the ParaLong Drive World Golf Championship at the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite, Nevada, where he took home a title.

"I did really well," he said. "I came first in my division so that gave me the title of above-knee world champion, which is kind of surreal. It's a really good feeling. I didn't expect to do that well."

The sport is gaining such popularity, Sidebottom and other top golfers are working to make it a Paralympic sport.

"It's super impressive to see people with no legs and missing arms and being blind, it's really impressive to see them hit so far," he said.

Sidebottom is hoping to one day add Olympic champion to his world champion title.

Sidebottom is getting some national television exposure. His tournament win was covered by the Golf Channel and will air Monday.
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