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John Catlin can also be your man to watch at the Hong Kong Golf Club later this month.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By Calvin Koh

It may not res­onate as well as his com­pa­triot Pa­trick Reed, who along with an­other Masters cham­pion Ser­gio Gar­cia are ex­pected to light up this month’s Honma Hong Kong Open pre­sented by Amundi. The 27-year-old is the first player to have won three times on the Asian Tour in 2018. His vic­to­ries in China, Malaysia and Chi­nese Taipei are by no means a fluke. Why? Be­cause his recipe to suc­cess is sim­ply hard work.

Catlin does not just ‘sud­denly wake up and start win­ning golf tour­na­ments.’ In­stead, it’s an ar­du­ous process of reach­ing the pin­na­cle of the game. I asked what keeps him at the top of this game and he said ‘there’s no se­cret to suc­cess.’

“You just got to work your way up, and I haven’t skipped any steps,”

Catlin’s de­sire to be the best he can be means wak­ing up at 6.30am and hit­ting the gym by 7am for about an hour and a half, three days a week.

“I’ll spend three days a week at the gym. I wake up at about 6.30am and get into the gym by 7am for about an hour and a half.

“I’ll come back, eat and I’m back at the range by 9.30am. I never leave be­fore 5pm,” said the Amer­i­can.

For all the sac­ri­fices that Catlin makes, val­i­da­tion of his hard work comes from be­ing in the win­ner’s cir­cle thrice af­ter step­ping up the ranks from the Asian De­vel­op­ment Tour (ADT). Catlin al­ways wishes to be seen in his Sun­day best.

He says that ‘any­time you got a chance to win a golf tour­na­ment go­ing into Sun­day, you got to be happy.’ He al­ready got that wish ful­filled on three oc­ca­sions this sea­son.

Af­ter the eu­pho­ria of win­ning, it’s back to the mo­not­o­nous rou­tine where he’s again at the range hit­ting balls ‘work­ing on my game and try­ing to get bet­ter ev­ery day.’ Night falls means do­ing some read­ing, re­search and analysing his game be­fore call­ing it a day.

Then ‘it’s back to start­ing all over again.’ Not re­ally a bad idea as his wins can keep re­peat­ing too.

John Catlin is the first player to have won three times on the Asian Tour in 2018

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