Golf: Richard Finch – Focus!

Richard Finch is leading the Irish Open at Adare Manor, as he comes to play his third shot to the eighteenth. His ball is lying awkwardly, in rough, just above the water. Finch, then hits an iron shot onto the green, and as he does so, topples into the River Maigue. “It was a bit of an awkward stance, but I never gave falling in a thought. The momentum of the follow-through took me round and in.” Finch commenting on his early bath. But what is impressive about Richard Finch, is that he never gave a thought to falling in the water. […]

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Golf: Sergio Garcia – Thanks You, Tiger!

And I want to thank Tiger Woods for not being here,” he added with a smile. “That always makes things a little bit easier.” The words of Sergio Garcia, speaking after his seventeenth hole play-off triumph at Sawgrass. It’s understandable that Garcia would be happy and relieved after his success. For, after all, its been three years since his last PGA victory. But was it wise to make the Tiger comment? Sergio might think that Tiger’s absence made his task easier. But why not keep these thoughts to yourself? Surely these remarks will simply support Tiger’s sense of superiority, to […]

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Golf: Ian Poulter – Me & Tiger

The trouble is I don’t rate anyone else. Don’t get me wrong, I respect everyone who is a professional. But the problem is I haven’t played to my full potential yet. And when that happens it will just be me and Tiger.” Ian Poulter talking to Golf World magazine. Comments certain to incur the wrath of his fellow professionals. It would be easy to ridicule Poulter for his seeming arrogance. After all, what has he won? But there may be some purpose in his remarks. He is saying that he backs himself to be the number two golfer in the […]

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Golf: Justin Rose – Beyond Frustration

I’ve never ached so much in my whole life. I picked up some sort of bug, had a bad night and was throwing up too – I’m delighted with one-under, to be honest with you. I didn’t have the energy to get frustrated out there, so that worked well in my favour.” The words of Justin Rose after his opening round in the Volvo Masters at Valderrama. ‘I didn’t have the energy to get frustrated’. It’s not unusual for a golfer to play at their best when under the weather. Here’s why…when you feel unwell, say at a 1 or […]

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Golf: Padraig Harrington – The Pressures Of A Champion

It should come as no surprise that Padraig Harrington would have a less than perfect first round at the Bridgestone Invitational. ‘I was a long long way from my last round at the Open, in terms of focus’, the Irishman tells us. Harrington’s biggest challenge will be how he reacts to any potential dip in form over the next three months. His status and stature within the game has changed. And with it come expectations. Everyone now will be taking notice of him. Is he good enough to win another major? Was it a one-off? The chances are he will […]

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Golf: Sergio Garcia – A Mind Made Stronger

In the follow up to the Open Championship, many pundits seem happy to conclude that Sergio Garcia is a serial choker. Loaded with talent. But lacking the killer instinct. The nerve. The mentality to tighten the screw in turning moments. How Sergio thinks about Carnoustie Sunday will have a significant bearing on his ability to prove the doubters wrong. The correct approach would be for Sergio to do two things. One, to look at and confirm all the things he did well. All the things that meant he held a lead for over 3/4’s of the Championship. All the things […]

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Golf Psychology: The Open – Breaking The Stop Situation

What makes sport so compelling? Often we are absorbed by the effortless mastery of a Federer or Woods. Legends and leaders who elevate their sport to rarefied levels. But doesn’t the most memorable drama come when we witness vulnerability? When we are drawn into the struggle of individuals digging deep to draw on the gossamer thin thread of personal strengths and positive memories in the face of physical, mental and emotional challenge. The final day of the 2007 Open was loaded with such sub-plots. Garcia, Romero and Harrington all exposed us to their vulnerabilities. Their raw human side. The part […]

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Golf: Padraig Harrington – Future History

When assessing why a Open Championship play-off has been won by one player and not the other, you have to take into account age and experience. You have to factor in the quality of their game. Then and most importantly of all, you have to throw into the mix their mental application. How they would be thinking about themselves. Their last afternoon’s work. Victory spurned. Their opponents. Any slivers of doubt and uncertainty would tilt the advantage away from them. When we learn of Padraig Harrington’s attitude to the play-off, it starts to become clear why he is now the Open […]

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Golf: Sergio Garcia – I Believe

It’s day two of the Open and Sergio Garcia has a two shot lead. Garcia backers are starting to think they may at last get some return from their yearly investments. But it may not be straightforward. Following his even par round Garcia said, ‘I just have to keep playing well and believing’. Belief is the boiler room of the sub-conscious. It directs how you feel about yourself. It provides the power that leads to breakthrough. Sergio’s comments intimate that belief is something he has to work on. Keep reminding himself. Telling himself that he can be Open Champion. That he is […]

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Golf: Padraig Harrington – The 1%

It’s day two of the Open Championship and Padraig Harrington is in contention. There are many who think that this could be his year. A course he knows well and he’s bang in form. The omens are good. There is every chance that the Irishman will be there or there abouts on Sunday evening. But can he make the transition from European Order Of Merit Winner to Open Champion? For Harrington to breakthrough into the domain of Major winners he will have to tap into the 1%. The 1% is a place beyond hard-work. A place beyond solid technique. A […]

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