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