It had been touted recently as potentially the best line up in The Masters modern history, with so many really good players coming into form at a similar time.
There was plenty of talk centred around Rory McIroy and the elusive ‘slam, Francesco Molinari’s amazing 2018 and his impressive start to 2019 with his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month in his first outing after signing with new clubs.
If anyone had any doubts about what golf is about or whether or not to get their kids involved in the game, this years tournament was in my humble opinion, the greatest show of sportsmanship, skill and mental strength, as well as the greatest comeback of all time.
Sorry Muhammed Ali, I grew up watching you throughout your career and you were amazing, but Tiger has this one.
I believe we can all learn something from yesterday and these are my reasons why we should get more kids involved in the game of golf.
Humility. It’s been well documented over the last 8-9 years about his personal life, but things have moved on and it shows. He looks a completely different character and his recent playfulness was evident at The Players on the 17th when having fun with Kevin Na. Something the world has seen little of previously. The game has a way of making us all human.
Resilience. The ability to bounce back and come back when the odds and everything else seemed to be against you. Personal agonies and injuries which many would have given up because of long ago, the doubters and at times I’m sure, your own self-doubt tested you to the limit.
Attitude. It’s the thing that makes people top salesmen or not so good salesmen, the thing that makes top performers or average performers. It’s contagious and you can’t buy it but you can always see it.
Persistence. It’s intangible. Having the ability to keep going is something that only comes from a deep desire and intention to do so. It comes from having a strong enough reason “Why”. I think we saw the reason why when he walked off the 18th to his waiting family.
Patience. So often we get sucked into having to get everything now, before it’s too late. Tiger’s no spring chicken in this game at the age of 43, but he has shown incredible patience in his quest to get fit, work on what is required to get to where he wants to be and that’s at the top of his game. During the round yesterday, we saw absolute composure as he waited for his chance to move forward and didn’t re-act when he missed golden opportunities, choosing instead to be patient and bide his time.
Belief. We all question our beliefs at times when we’re faced with difficult situations and challenges, both in life and on the golf course. His self-belief and his attitude all stem from when he was being mentored by his father. Belief is where the magic happens and it all stemmed from his father believing in him,
This all adds up to what Like many, I feel is the greatest comeback in modern sporting history and the greatest display of mental strength I’ve ever seen in sports. I don’t wish to take anything away from Francesco Molinari, who in the last few years and in particular the last 18 months, has shown what an amazing golfer he has developed into, working with several coaches on his physical side, his swing and his mental approach, but yesterday he simply got swept aside by the phenomenon that is Tiger.
It’s been said many times, that Tiger Woods is good, no, Tiger Woods is great for golf and with what happened on Masters' Sunday, will no doubt help to bring even more young people into the game of golf and learn from him and the others what the game is really all about.
Performance Coach & Trainer at Golfing minds