There is a human side to golf and that is what Sergio Garcia and Stacy Lewis showed to the world, both being golf professionals at the top level.
Recently Stacy Lewis donated about £150,000 of her winnings which went towards the relief fund of Storm Harvey. Often top golfers are seen as professionals who are so focused on striking the perfect ball that they seem to be shorn of their human personalities. Coaches and grueling competition schedules often force such behavior in top golf professionals and there are techniques that they apply to ensure that there are no emotions that distract them.
The mantra is the most boring of all for the perfectionist golfer, having to play one shot at a time. However, there are times when they do struggle with feelings, with performance issues or events that become life changing. Stacy Lewis showcased such emotions as she ended a long run of winless participations and then donated her winnings to help the victims who are affected by the recent flooding in Texas.
Australian Cameron Smith is going strong in the PGA Tour event in San Antonio, Texas.
The golfer is just one shot off the lead with the event halfway gone. In the second round of the competition, he carded a seven under par 65 ahead of the weekend. He is behind joint leaders Tony Finau and Bud Cauley – who are both American golfers.
Finau has been in good form at the event, hitting long balls. He faltered in the last hole to share the spoils with Cauley. He was set to be the sole lead with his eagle at the par four 11th but he bogeyed the par five 18th, allowing Cauley to catch up. His seven under par 65 was still impressive at the end of the round. The leaders are eight under 136 while Smith and two others are a shot behind.
Stephen Ames made headlines with the first victory of the PGA Tour that he obtained at 52 years of age.
The Canadian golfer earned this title for the first time and he was found to showcase his trophy, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic car. Not having won a tournament over a time span of eight years, Stephen Ames states that he knew he had to keep his cool if things were working his way. Hence, the week of the tournament he had to control his emotions and anxiety as well as focus on his breathing. As he did that he feels it helped him to stay calm and collected in the tournament.
His efforts were awarded as he finished by earning the PGA Tours Champions title as well as winning the Mitsubishi Electric Classic car. He was able to defeat his opponent Bernhard Langer.
Due to the increasing cost of operation, where revenues are on a decline, the Kent State University, Kent, Ohio has made the decision to close down its golf course, in an announcement which was recently posted on the website of the University.
The course will remain open to golfers, if the weather permits, until the month ends. The course itself has an executive length front 9, with a decent back 9 which possesses 3 par 5s.
One interesting thing about the course is that it has 2 9th holes. If you are doing just 9, when you walk off the 8th green, you have to play in towards the clubhouse on one 9th hole.
However, where you are playing 18 holes, you would need to cross the train tracks to another 9th hole that takes you to the rest of the 18.
The Windmill Lake at Ravenna is where the golf team plays. However, some team members practice at the Kent State course once in a while which might be because it is closer to the campus.
Along with Jim Furyk, player Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson has chosen to remain out of HSBC championship.
These players have not taken this decision because they are injured or unhealthy. Instead, they have taken this decision to play other two games of three major that is going to happen in Asia ahead of Rio Games. All the players have history of travelling except Johnson, who had played only a few games out of their home place.
Asia is emerging as a new golf destination. And even the PGA is trying its efforts to make this game global. Japan is the one of the largest market of Golf and PGA is looking to organize the tournament ahead of Olympic 2020 that will help in Japan after that.
However, not every player of golf is excited or happy playing game outside their home place that too after Rio Olympics. This is the reason why Jim Furyk along with other players chose to stay outside.
He went through some heartbreaking circumstances in the United States Open last year; and the he could not register a great performance at The Open at St Andrews.
It now seems as if American Dustin Johnson is in the mode for some more drama at The Masters in the upcoming week following opening up with a magnificent sixty-five in Shell Houston Open later on Thursday.
None has a longer winning record going on PGA Tour than big hitting thirty-one year old from South Carolina in terms of winning championships
in consecutive seasons. For 8 years back to back, he has won at least one time, including a few of World Golf Championship tournaments.
Still, he is winless in the majors, and this is beginning to look as if they might have another Sergio Garcia on hands in terms of a person who is clearly gifted to win many events. But his misfortune or probably mental frailty thwart him every time.