Tips from Bobby Jones. Also: No escaping technology. Stuck in overdrive in a Camaro. Developing notions of property. Saving Seoul. Plus much more.
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It’s amazing to me how everyone is second guessing what happened at
the Open. I’ve loved and hated the game of golf for over 45 years.
It is without question the hardest sport in the world to master. As
a matter of fact, no one has or ever will. It is easy to sit on the
sidelines and tell the players what they did wrong. It is another
to stand in his shoes and “hit the shot.” I can guarantee you that
each player in his own mind was confident in choosing the shot they
wanted to pull off. But golf, being the ultimate humbler, would
have none of it. As Bobby Jones once said, “Golf is a game of
inches, the five inches between the ears.” How right he was and
Goose Creek, South Carolina
Great article by Quin Hillyer. However, I have to disagree with the
notion that Jim Furyk callously disregarded his routine on the 18th
hole at the U.S. Open. What happened to Jim Furyk happens to all
competitive golfers at one time or another, whether the stakes are
a $2 nassau or the U.S. Open. What happened is that he felt extreme
pressure and self-doubt; when he got over the putt to stroke it,
something must have told him something ain’t right. Pressure can
make anybody “choke” and it was enough to make Furyk doubt himself.
Hardly a callous disregard for his routine.
It was indeed painful to watch the 72nd hole meltdowns. I’m
printing a copy of the article and mailing it to Phil; maybe he’ll
read it and, even better, learn something from it.