Zen Golf Quote of the Week
PGA Tour Notes
Tour Stats to Know
Events and Media
THE U.S. OPEN
As is often the case at the U.S. Open, the golf course itself got as much coverage as the players. After months of rain which had thoroughly soaked Bethpage Black, the Open weekend had officials scrambling to remove water from greens rather than the usual drill of carefully syringing them. While names that were unfamiliar to many golf fans, let alone the general public, climbed the leaderboard, the world #s 1 and 2 lurked. Neither Tiger Woods nor Phil Mickelson were able to mount sustained, successful challenges to Lucas Glover, who played the rain-shortened 18th hole with a two-stroke advantage that he had no intention of relinqishing. David Duval, Ricky Barnes and Ross Fisher rounded out the top 5.
Phil was the only player to complete each round in par 70 or better, playing his final tournament before taking off indefinitely for family health reasons. This was his 5th time finishing second in our country's championship - moving him one ahead of the following group - Jones, Snead, Palmer and Nicklaus. Some fancy company to step past. After opening the week with a four-over 74, Tiger rebounded with rounds of 69, 68, and 69 - but those four strokes in the first round were exactly what separated him from his 15th major trophy, or at least a playoff, (and the inevitable result thereof, just ask that guy Rocco).
THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
After the shock of Tiger Woods missing the cut at a major championship had barely faded, the world was treated to one great show on Sunday at the Ailsa Championship Course at Turnberry. Eight time major champion Tom Watson had a one-stroke lead and an eight iron in his hand... We probably needn't relive the agony, but suffice it to say we congratulate Stewart Cink on his first Major and our hat is still tipped to the great Tom Watson.
Paul Azinger made this interesting observation during Sunday's telecast: "Tom Watson said a long time ago that he didn't learn how to win these tournaments until he learned how to control his heart rate, and he did that by trying to control his breathing... In four counts, real slow, out four counts, real slow."
As we see time and time again, managing emotions on the golf course, especially during high pressure situations such as major championships, is one of the true keys to success, both toward playing as well as possible, but to enjoying the time that you are out there, as well.
Zinger mentioned this as Watson was waiting patiently on the tee of the 206 yard 15th hole. After a par there and on 16, Watson birdied 17 to climb back to the top of the leaderboard. After taking three strokes to get down from the back of the green, and falling into a playoff with Cink, Watson was unable to turn the tide of momentum that was lost on the 72nd hole.
Lee Westwood had bounced back with a birdie on 17 after two straight bogeys, and was right there in it until a questionable three putt on the eighteenth green. Rather than simply going through his routine, choosing the path and pace, and rolling the ball to his target, Weestwood thought he "needed to make it" and powered it well past the hole, and lost his chance for the Claret Jug.
Finally, it was just great to see the 59 year-old Watson standing next to 16 year-old low amateur Matteo Manassero ( who finished just 4 strokes out of the playoff at +2 for the Championship) at the awards presentation.
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My name is Adam, I live in Los Angeles and I've been having problems with my game recently, a vicious cycle of poor shots and frustration, then after a total meltdown on our local back nine two weeks ago my playing partner gave me a copy of your book. To be honest, it collected dust for a while, but I was invited to play a round with family out in Palm Desert and decided to pack Zen Golf for the trip.
I read the first 24 pages, checked in at the pro shop, and proceeded to break 80 for the first time ever. No joke. Not to mention we were on the PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament course! Q-School here I come!
Thank you for getting my mind right. Can't wait to see what's gonna happen when I finish the book...
PGA TOUR NOTES
TOUR STATS TO KNOW
By missing the cut at the Open Championship, (only his second missed cut in a major, and fifth as a PGA Tour member), Tiger Woods relinquished the lead of the Consecutive Cuts list for only the second time since 1998. Tiger has always prided himself on not ever giving up, and by missing the cut less in his entire career than most players do in one season, he will eventually have a cut-making percentage that may never be seriously challenged.
As this goes out into cyberspace, there are currently 4 PGA Tour members who have made 10 or more consecutive cuts. Kenny Perry (22), Peter Hanson (13), Graeme McDowell (13), and Camilo Villegas (10) are the only players on the double digit list right now, and McDowell and Hanson combined have only played 13 tournaments this year.
Granted, Tiger plays a very limited number of tournaments during a year, but his consistency and never-give-up attitude have set the bar at a very high level.
Tiger's PGA Tour record of 142 straight tournament cuts made towers over Byron Nelson's 113 and Jack Nicklaus' 105, and was set from February 1998 through May 2005.
Surprisingly, Tiger's is not the longest cut streak in professional golf history. Jane Blalock has a record on the LPGA Tour that is difficult to imagine being broken anywhere by anyone- 299 -over a span of 12 years, from her rookie year in 1969 through 1980!
P.S. It was amusing as the blogosphere lit up with the possibility that Tiger might miss two cuts in a row for the first time in his pro career, with his pedestrian -1, T95 in round 1 of the Buick Open. His response was classic - starting his second round birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie on his way to capturing his 69th PGA Tour win. And, of course, the beginning of his next consecutive cuts-made streak...
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EVENTS & MEDIA
Look for Dr. Joe's comments on the mental game in the upcoming Sports Illustrated feature on Cristie Kerr.
GOLF DIGEST: August 2009
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