Bobby Jones famously said about Jack Nicklaus that “he plays a game with which I am not familiar.” Now obviously Jones knew quite a bit about golf as a winner of multiple major tournaments himself and that was on the surface, what Nicklaus was playing. But the manner in which Jack attacked courses, the distance he hit the ball and his fantastic short game was very different from anything that preceded him.
Eric Clapton is one of the greatest guitar players of all time and yet he was stunned when he heard Jimi Hendrix play for the first time. Listening to Jimi’s music now one can’t fully appreciate how different it was at the time – it was a musical game with which no one had been familiar. Think it’s just music and sports? Continue reading
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I woke up this morning and landed in the midst of a major. Yep, it’s time for The Open Championship and there’s nothing like turning on the tube at 5:30 and seeing the world’s best golfers looking like…well…ME out there as they struggle with wind, rain, and a very different sort of golf. It’s the world’s oldest major championship and while I know that many of you care not a whit about either golf or sport, I do and I’m driving. Of course, there’s also a business lesson in here too. Continue reading
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I’m sorry that I’ve not posted until late today although frankly I could have written this immediately after the conclusion of The Masters. If you love sports at all and didn’t watch the final round, shame on you because you really missed one of the best, most compelling afternoons I can remember in any sport. What struck me beyond that, however, was the huge difference between the man who has won 14 major championships and the kid who is still trying to win his first. The former put on a great performance that ultimately proved to be too little too late. The latter blew a lead and his chance to win and yet he taught the older guy a lesson. Continue reading
This is one of my favorite days of the year. Competition begins today in The Masters. It’s not just that it’s the first of golf’s major championships but also that it’s one of the big harbingers of Spring along with the opening of the baseball season and lighting the grill for the first time each year. But there is one other thing about The Masters that make it one of, if not the, most unusual events in sport. Is it that it’s the only major championship played on the same course each year? No. That it’s an invitational? No. Continue reading