The U.S. Open proved to be our last chance to see Tiger Woods for the 2008 PGA Tour season, and he did not disappoint. A commercial aired all week, during which Earl Woods promises his young son that he, Tiger, will never meet someone mentally stronger than he is. By beating the field, then outlasting Rocco through 19 more holes, and doing it on one leg, the legend took yet another giant leap forward.
The US OPEN
Here’s a response from Tiger that reflects the core principle of ZEN PUTTING:
When asked how he made so many incredible putts, Tiger said, “All I thought about was committing to the job I had to do: read the speed and the break of the putt the best I could, and put a good stroke on it. Whatever happened after that, so be it.”
Tiger’s mental toughness, as predicted by his father, was impressive. It takes tremendous will power to commit to swinging a club without holding back, without decelerating, when you know there’s a good chance of searing pain just after impact. Few people could do that more than once, let alone every full driver swing for five rounds.
Little known fact: Rocco also had something broken – not his knee, but his driver. It broke on the plane flight to the tournament, and although he had several made to the exact specs, none of them felt quite the same as the one he’d gotten used to. It took all day Thursday just getting comfortable with it and being able to trust it.
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Kenny Perry won the John Deere Classic on the first play-off hole. His opponents, both trying for their first PGA Tour win, made it easier for him by dunking their approach shots before he had to hit his. This was an illustration of playoff pressure that affected 1) decision-making, and 2) shot-making.
Brad Adomonis tried a very risky, all or nothing shot, and got nothing. Had he pitched out safely, he would have had a chance to hit a wedge as close as he could and make the putt.
Jay Williamson made a swing that was out-of-tempo, and illustrated the example from the chapter in Zen Golf, "You Produce What You Fear." Protecting against going left caused a hook that sent the ball left.
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Tour Stats to Know
Eight of the nine tournaments before the Colonial were won by players 32 years of age and under.
Then the over-35 crowd got started: Phil Mickelson got his 34th PGA Tour win at the Colonial; Kenny Perry’s 10th win came at The Memorial; Justin Leonard added his 12th at TPC Southwind; and Stewart Cink, breaking through and winning with a 54 hole lead for only the second time in ten attempts, collected his 5th trophy on Tour.
1.Combined Wins/Majors of these four venerable PGA Tour pros - 62/4 – (approximate total years on Tour, 69)
2.Total Wins/Majors for Tiger Woods 65/14 – (years on Tour, 12)
It’s interesting to note that all of the 35 and over players, including Boo Weekly at Hilton Head, had won the same tournaments before.
These Guys are Good
151 members of the PGA Tour are averaging one birdie in four attempts when reaching a “green in regulation.” The top 20 are converting at 30% or better.
The top 15 players in “greens in regulation” are averaging 66.67% or better, however, no member of the PGA Tour with the requisite number of rounds played is averaging 4 or more birdies per round. (Tiger is at 71.39% and 4.1 average birdies, but slipped off the list with his low number of rounds).
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