A sim­plis­tic ap­proach

Golf Monthly - - Your View -

In the wake of The Masters and the US Open, it is too easy to blame a las­tround score on a men­tal melt­down. It makes for easy head­line grab­bing, and lazy jour­nal­ists will pounce on an in­di­vid­ual’s sup­posed in­abil­ity to han­dle pres­sure. To read that Spi­eth is a choker con­sid­er­ing what he has done is ridicu­lous and in­ad­e­quate jour­nal­ism or broad­cast­ing.

The fact is, some­body just played a bit bet­ter. That puts pres­sure on, which re­sults in tak­ing the ‘Tiger line’ or the high-risk shot which has con­se­quences. Shane Lowry didn’t have a men­tal break­down at the US Open; John­son played bril­liantly and made Lowry take risks.

Too much is made of the game be­ing played be­tween the ears. Stop blam­ing men­tal state and just ac­cept

Spi­eth fol­low­ing his dis­as­ter on the 12th

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