The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answer

Well quite a father’s day with the U.S. Open being one, which brought the best players in the world to their knees. Justin Rose played the last 2 holes brilliantly and deservedly won his first major. Phil let the easiest hole on the course eat his lunch and it cost him the playoff. It was amazing watching the greatest players in the world have one mental meltdown after another. We are all missing something here. What that is, I have no idea. Players of this caliber should not see their games slide this far backwards not matter what the circumstances. It is too brutal to even talk about any one particlular individual but if you watched the Open you know what I am talking about. It is one thing to see a guy miss a short putt on the final hole to cost him a major like Doug Sanders did in the British Open or Scott Hoch in the Masters, but this was seeing one  player after another make one bad shot after another. How about all those missed putts. This was a three round week for me again, due to some inclement weather and extra work committment. I had a blah week with rounds of 80, 77, and 77. After coming off the very nice even par round on Sunday, my Wednesday round represented a complete mental breakdown by yours trurly. I made one mental error after another. It’s not worth going into the specific details but needless to say some pretty good ball striking was completely nullified but by stupid descisions and lack of awareness of what I was facing on a particular shot or putt. I am still in limbo on how much this game is mental and how much is physical. I am still of the opinion that physical flaws or technique flaws then will lead to mental errors. Having said that, I do not think that is what happened out there today to about 15 of the top players in the world. I know Johnny Miller likes to say it Open pressure or nerves but I still think it runs deeper than that. But I do not know what that deeper is. Obviously nobody else does either or somebody would have walked away with the tournament. This week the golf will step up with a 36 hole day on Wednesday and a 36 hole tournament on Thursday so I may play 6 rounds this week. If anybody doesn’t think this game is goofy then please just keep replaying today’s U.S. Open.

3 Replies to “The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answer”

  1. Vet, staring at thimble sized fairways on 500-yard par-4 holes tells me it’s more mental than physical with these guys. Dont you drive it better on courses with wide fairways? I do because I’m more relaxed. Thanks!


  2. I only partially agree. It seemed that all facets of their games just went into the tank. We have all been there but again this is not our lively hood. I know the conditions are tough and the stakes are high but it was still hard to believe.


  3. Vet

    I agree to a point. Not sure I would be able to hit the ball as well out of six inch rough. I will say though, the putting was very poor. It was like they all had a case of the yips. I was impressed with Dufner on the last day…I thought he was going to post a really low score.



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