Monday, 23 November 2015

Head Cases

I have several times talked about these new young guns on tour who can play like stink and still seem to be enjoying the camaraderie out there on tour.  We saw it again this week with Andy Sullivan and Rory McIlroy as they essentially separated themselves from the field and went head to head for the tour championship.

It was a friendly, respectful match, with the two smiling and, at least until the pressure really amped up, chatting to one another.  We've seen the same from Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Rickie Fowler as they've battled for championships.  It's the way golf was meant to be played; in a spirit of good sportsmanship and camaraderie.  

Who was more of a competitor than Jack Nicklaus?  And yet, as hard as he tried to win, he accepted defeat as graciously as anyone ever could.  What a great example he set.

Another great competitor on the women's side was Nancy Lopez.  She was one of the best ever, and she was also one of the nicest.  I found this great quote from Nancy.  She said:

"Successful competitors want to win.  Head cases want to win at all costs."

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