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Golf has a lot of parallels with Life

jordan spiethWe love sports analogies, but many of those analogies really don’t work. In life we really do not have five power lifters to protect us from evil. In golf, as in life, you can get advice from other people but it is mostly up to you to perform. On Sunday we saw one of the best in the world in golf’s biggest tournament under perform when the pressure was the highest. Jordan Spieth fumbled the ball at the goal line.

Now, before anyone jumps on me for talking about Jordan, I really like Jordan for a number of reasons. I love the fact that he really never gives up. He is always out there trying to do better. His game is about precision and not power. For years commentators have marveled at the drives of Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson. We have been told that they are the wave of the future. Power. Jordan made all of these guys look foolish as he won the Masters and US Open last year.

In life we have those pressure moments. Sure, we don’t have millions of people watching our every move, but the pressure is on, nonetheless. Whether it is an important test that allows us to be certified as a lawyer, a doctor, a contractor or something else, it is pressure. Pressure can make us do stupid things.

On Sunday, Jordan Spieth was leading the Masters. He was struggling. He didn’t have his A game. He wasn’t hitting his targets. His driver was flaring to the right. Every now and then, his irons were also flaring. His scrambling was solid, but his putter was good. It was not red hot. He was leading by 5 strokes with 9 holes to play. Sounds easy. He bogeys 10. He bogeys 11. Now, he comes to short par 3. 150 yards. This hole is known for swirling winds, which make it hard to pick a club. The target area is small. Hit the ball short and you are in the water. Hit the ball long and you are in the bunker, which will make it very difficult to get a par from there. Seven strokes later he was staring at a quadruple bogey.

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I have seen several folks who are very smart, but for some reason, they can’t pass the big test. They have taken the big test several times and they fall short. The track star who hits the last hurdle and loses the big race is kind of the same thing. I’m not sure why some people perform well under pressure and others simply don’t.

Here’s what I find interesting. Tiger Woods. There, I have said it. Almost no one mentioned Tiger Woods on Masters Sunday. Tiger Woods would not have lost on Sunday if he had a 5-stroke lead heading into the back 9. Somehow, he would have figured out a way to win. Once he had the lead on Sunday, it was a lock. So, how was Tiger able to handle the pressure and perform?

I think that Jordan Spieth will be fine. Rory Mcilroy, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler have shown that they can win on the big stage, but they have also faltered on that same big stage.

Congratulations to Danny Willett for winning the Masters. He played Jordan’s mistake-free game. He hit his targets. He played steady throughout the tournament.

I guess the take-home lesson is to take a deep breath. Slow down and don’t let the pressure get to you…if you can.

News Roundup – Cuba, Katie, New Jersey Water

President Obama is in Cuba. Yep, Cuba. I think that this is a good thing. Not talking with Cuba really has done nothing to destabilize its government in over 50 years. Let’s try to bring them into the 21st century.

Kate Couric bought a $12 million condo in New York. Look, I’m happy for her, but $12 million for 4000 sq ft? Couldn’t she have spent a million dollars and gotten something really nice in Virginia? Maybe fly back and forth? I’m just askin’.

What has happened in Flint, Michigan is a tragedy. This type of travesty should never happen in the United States. Ever. It looks as if other folks have water issues, like New Jersey. 80 carcinogens were found in New Jersey’s water supply. That’s not good.

A terror suspect has been found. Salah Abdeslam was captured in Belgium. He was wanted in the Paris attacks.

Clinton folks are going to paint Trump as unfit for the presidency. I think that this strategy is too weak. Trump needs to be painted as dangerous, undisciplined and crazy.

Another violent outburst at a Trump rally.

NCAA – Sweet 16!!!

Congratulations to Jason Day for winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Days sinks a putt on the 72nd hole for the win. It was a gutsy performance.

Congratulations to Jason Day!

Jason Day has played some really good golf. He seems to be Dustin Johnson without the meltdown. As Jordan Spieth said, “It was a stripe show.” Jason Day hit fairway after fairway. He also putted extremely well. Congratulations to Jason Day for winning the 2015 PGA Championship.

From Golf Channel:

The dreams of Jason Day and Jordan Spieth¬†went head to head on Sunday in the final pairing of the PGA Championship. In the end, it was Day’s dream that came true as the Australian broke through to win his first major. Day closed with a 5-under 67 that left him at 20 under, the lowest score in relation to par in major-championship history. Here’s how the drama unfolded at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis.

Leaderboard: Jason Day (-20), Jordan Spieth (-17), Branden Grace (-15), Justin Rose (-14), Brooks Koepka (-13), Anirban Lahiri (-13)

What it means: One of the most talented players in the game, Day had experienced nothing but frustration in seeking his first major. He had shared the 54-hole lead in this year’s U.S. and British Opens, and went into Sunday at Whistling Straits with a two-stroke advantage. No player in the modern era had held the 54-hole lead or co-lead in three straight majors and not won any of them. But Day had not been able to cash in on 54-hole success. Since 2010 he had been in the top five of a major through 54 holes seven times before this week without winning. He had failed to convert his last five 54-hole leads or co-leads on the PGA Tour, and was only 1 for 7 in the category in his PGA Tour career.

Round of the day: Day made four birdies – at Nos. 2, 5, 6 and 7 – on the front nine, but dropped a stroke when he drove into a fairway bunker at No. 8 and bogeyed. After turning in 33, he added three birdies and a bogey on the back, good for a three-shot victory margin over Spieth.