Having a very bad day

Just finished watching the U.S. Open on the tube. Jim Furyk played pretty well, Tiger not so much. It was wonderful to see Graeme McDowell play so well and finish in contention. Beau Hossler, the young amateur, also finished strong. And in fact, I had a great day on our little golf course this morning!

It was painful to watch Tiger blow some of those shots. That chip on the 18th that hit the edge and veered off was reminiscent of several shots I’ve had recently. It was interesting to watch Tiger’s face – he looked incredulous at some of these shots, as if he just couldn’t believe it.

We’ve all had bad days playing golf. There are days when it seems that you just completely forgot how to play. The trick is to try to play every shot like it’s the first of the day. Not always an easy task, but it can work.

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Watching these big tournaments makes me feel that I’m too hard on myself when I play. If Tiger can blow a perfectly straightforward chip shot, then why do I get upset when the ball doesn’t always nestle up to the pin on my shots?

How do you change your mindset when you’re not playing your best game? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

Team USA wins the President’s Cup

The President’s Cup is complete and the Americans have won it again, 19 -15. The President’s Cup, a tournament that pits Team USA again the Team International – non-European players – is sometimes considered a step-child to the Ryder Cup. The tournament was played in Melborne at the Royal Melbourne course against a strong international team captained by Greg Norman. Team International included Jason Day, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, K.J. Choi, Kim Kyung-tae, Retief Goosen, Geoff Ogilvy, Ernie Els, Y.E. Yang, Ryo Ishikawa, Robert Allenby, and Aaron Baddeley. International team players are chosen based on the Official World Golf Ranking through the 2011 BMW Championship.

Team USA, captained by Fred Couples, included Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnon, Webb Simpson, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, David Toms, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, and Tiger Woods. The selection of Tiger Woods as a captain’s pick was the subject of much conjecture as Tiger has lost his top 50 placement and hasn’t won a tournament in 2 years. But Tiger proved that he could still play under pressure by holing 6 birdies, including the winning point.

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Team International started strong, taking an early lead in the tournament. But the team had a difficult time in the foursomes, traditionally a weak format for the Internationals. Team USA went into the final day with a 13-9 lead, insurmountable for Team International. Team USA now leads the tournament format 7-1-1.

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Team International asked for a format change prior to the tournament – to reduce the number of foursomes played. This is a format that is not often played – Team USA only plays the Ryder and the President’s Cup in this format. But these are professional golfers. It seems strange to me that they can’t be successful at an alternative shot format. These are very accomplished individuals; what makes the alternate shot format more difficult than the traditional stroke play? What do you think?

 

Thoughts on the news: Williams v. Woods, Yang Tseng and the Women’s British Open

The current swirl around Tiger Woods and Steve Williams is starting to feel like a high-school break-up. Steve had a great weekend with Adam Scott at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and took the opportunity to express his unhappiness at being fired as Tiger’s caddie. Continually expressing his displeasure at the situation in the press seems unprofessional. Are tweets from Steve complaining about his dismissal the next volley in the PR war? All in all, perhaps Steve should be happy that he’s working for Adam Scott, who seems to have a much sharper game than Tiger right now.

After her win at the Women’s British Open, the 22-year old Yang Tseng has become the youngest player to win 5 Majors. Tseng, the number one player on the LPGA tour successfully defended her title last weekend, shooting a 272 for the tournament and defeating Brittney Lang by 4 strokes. This article by Time magazine has a great interview with Tseng.

Because of all the media coverage the Williams-Woods break-up is receiving, Tseng’s accomplishments are overshadowed. It’s a shame. Watching her play at the U.S. Women’s Open at the Broadmoor last month was a joy. Congratulations!

Did anyone else see Tseng play at the Open at the Broadmoor? What did you think? Anyone else tired of Steve?