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One of my golf buddies often laughs when he mishits a shot. It’s a strange,almost macabre laugh, perhaps that of a deranged man being led to the gas chamber. Golf can bring that out. It is definitely not a laugh of joy, or delight, or whimsy. There are a lot of tears in that laugh, and the louder he takes it, the more anguish is beneath it. It’s a laugh that makes me feel uncomfortable, for no one else around us is laughing with him. We all have our heads down and no one is looking at him. We’ve all been there…except for the laughing bit. Hunter Mahan laughed some too when he flubbed that chip in the Ryder Cup. What else could he do? The crying would come later. But at the moment of the flub, (more…)

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First, congratulations to Phil Mickelson on winning the Masters. He showed true grit coming down the stretch, a champion’s disposition, the heart of a samurai, a deep meditator without even knowing he was meditating, focused and flexible, a Light Brigade in the form of a golfer. I had advised in a previous post that he go home and be with his wife, that she was too much on his mind to concentrate on golf. I was wrong. Instead, he dedicated his performance to his wife, thereby remaining a man fully in the moment, for the moment was a representation of her and his family. And she came to him, which I didn’t anticipate since I didn’t know her ability to do so. It was one of the great inspirational performances in the history of sport. His approach shot through the trees on 13 from the pine straw, over Rae’s Creek, hitting the green and making birdie was a golfer acting at the very highest levels of skill and courage. I would include it with the best of any shot I’ve ever seen, and will heretofore use it as a model for all the golf I have left to play. Phil, his caddie, Bones, and his wife Amy are true class acts.

Next, Tiger. He impressed me with his golf, of course, but also with his humanness: his connection with the fans, his giving out autographs, his warm relationship with K.J. Choi whom he chatted with and put his hand on his shoulder, his relative restraint around fist pumps and profanity. There’s no quit to this guy, and that too is a trait I highly admire. Given the scandal, (more…)

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