Throwing in the towel not the answer but finding a happy medium can lead to success
Finding the right level of intensity is a quest common to all top golfers
Gary Woodland and the walking wounded – Tiger Woods – were two serious contenders to Scott’s dominant position for the last hour of the tournament. Tiger looked like he was carrying the least mental pressure because he had a back injury as a way out if things didn’ t fall into place for him in the end. With a birdie on 17 and a putt a whisker away from going in on 18 for birdie he characteristically gave it a great go. Despite Tiger never being happy with second place his injury softened the disappointment. What would he have done if he was fully fit?
Gary Woodland gave himself three very makeable chances for birdies on the final three holes. Tee to green he was playing pure golf. But of course you have to get the ball into the hole somehow and he couldn’t quite do it.
The statistics came up on the television screen for percentage chance from the birdie putt distances he had.
They were all about 10-foot putts and his chances were about 40 per cent. Of course, from the comfort of our easy chairs in front of the TV, it seemed like he was going to make at least one of them and force a play-off if not win outright.
Perhaps Gary Woodland will change his intensity next time he is in a position to win an event. Winners defy the odds, no matter what those odds are suggesting. They make something happen in the denouement to a golf tournament, the statistics are irrelevant.
I am not advocating giving up. Giving up is a very bad habit to get into in golf and its not recommended. But sometimes more is less and every golfer needs to recognise when this point is reached. Just as last week’s winner, Adam Scott, revealed indirectly that he had a change of mindset over the last third of his round and that was when things finally started to happen for him.
Loosening his reigns
Despite Adam loosening his reins over his last five holes there is no doubt that in the back of his well-educated professional mind he was aware that you really are never quite sure just how things are going to shape up at the end of a golf tournament.
Having finished almost an hour before the final group Scott was seasoned enough to know that he should stay in combat mode by warming up again on the range instead of catching the next ferry back to Manhattan.