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Golf Australia Express : Issue 31
BUBBA WATSON HAS hung his Jacket in his six- week old son’s room. Surely, there are few experiences as rich with joy as that. While he may have earned some sharp threads, anyone watching the game took much more from the weekend. Those who have grown weary of watching ultra- professionals trained from birth to rule the world in their sport were presented with a treat: a raw talent of extraordinary ability. Bubba Watson is proof that majors don’t just come to those who have gone through the sports institutes of the world. He is also testament to the most important area of golf. As Bobby Jones once famously said, “Golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half- inch course, the space between your ears.” Last week saw South Korean IK Kim fluff a one-foot putt to lose the LPGA Tour's first major of the season. It’s the stuff of nightmares and came down to nothing but the rustle of thought and doubt. Kim—and just about anyone who has held a golf club—can make that putt every time. Then her head got in the way. Years ago, Watson was a nightmare. His talent alone assumed he’d make it on tour, but it would be done his way. His temper sat at his THE NEWEST MASTERS CHAMPION HAS FOUND A WAY TO KEEP HIS ERRACTIC THOUGHTS IN CHECK, WRITES WILL HONE. CONTROLLING A TWITCHY MIND with Will Hone IN HONING right hand, and on the course a bad shot would lead to those dark places which rarely welcome a smile let alone a straight drive. In such a state he struggled to make the cut time and time again, and failed to live up to his potential. Clearly he has been through some changes, and while he attributes them to the wise counsel of his caddie and good friend, Ted Scott, one thing remains clear: an even head can see the way through the trees. It assumes nothing, focuses on everything and takes bad luck—and bad shots—as part of the day. When Tiger hit his ball into the sand on the par-3 12th and kicked his club in disgust, it was not the shot that was revealing. It was the brittle nature of his temperament that sent a clear message to the rest of the field. It’s not through their swing or their putting that great players teach, but their temper. In good times and bad, on the cut grass and in the rough, the calm mind will prevail. It all sounds so simple... OTG While Bubba may have earned some sharp threads, anyone watching took much more from the weekend.
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