Ali Gordon


It’s the Monday after the Master’s weekend and what a time it is to talk about Golf. If you haven’t seen it and are trying to avoid spoilers firstly good luck and secondly don’t read ahead.

Last night as I tuned in to catch up with what was happening in the final round I caught sight of something rare. A shot by a pro golfer that makes you realise they are human after all and that maybe just maybe you aren’t as bad as you think you are.

Australian golfer Cameron Smith was teeing off from the 12th hole (a 160 yard par 3) and sunk the ball clean into the water. He then preceded to get a double or triple bogey and as one commentator put it “the oxygen has been sucked out of him”.  This meant that he has now pretty much guaranteed not to catch the leader Scheffler and his Master’s dream was over.

This came after a couple things, one was an incredible third round and the second was that on the hole before I believe he got birdie with a unbelievable putt. These are two things I could only ever dream of doing at a Tournament that I can only dream of one day visiting let alone playing in.

When I coupled what happened to Cameron Smith in contrast to Rory McIlroy, who put in a near course round best (i think) on the final day but it was too little to late, I picked up a really good lesson from the whole thing…you just have to keep going. You are never as good as you think you are and never as bad, you just have to keep going.

I wish I’d seen this tournament and really understood this lesson before I recently played at Quinta Do Lago.

I have to admit that I had a couple rounds that really weren’t my best and watching some of the Pro’s mentality around the course I could really tell that there was a strength in their mind that was their biggest strength on the course.

They just kept going no matter the reality of the situation they know that the key in the long term is always just to keep going. This is why I really am loving golf and learning so much both on and off the course from it.


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