Laptop heaven

What do you do when your laptop stops working? I wonder if mine has had a severe case of burnout… A number of keys on the keyboard has given up on me and therefore one thing that I certainly have not done is to update the blog. I had it all lined up with something about how sweet the victory is. I know that there has been a couple of times when I have made reference to Swedish players winning on the major tours around the world on the same weekend. Well this weekend it was England’s turn, at least in the men’s game. Ross McGowan won on the European Tour in Madrid having shot a stunning 60 in the third round. On the same day John Parry took his first victory on the Challenge Tour. For John this could be a break through moment as it took him to number 12 in the Challenge Tour rankings where the big goal is to get within the 20 that get their hands on the much wanted European Tour card for next year. For Ross, with the European Tour already being his place of work, a win places him in a very different category and he will be able to plan his golf life much the way he wants it.

Ross McGowan celebrates winning the Madrid Masters Photo: AFP

Ross McGowan celebrates winning the Madrid Masters Photo: AFP

I spoke to Ross today and asked him how you go about shooting 60 with two bogeys on the card. Funny enough he said “it was not that special really”. He said he started off hitting it quite close and holing some putts. A couple of long ones really got him going but having just two putted 10 for a birdie he dropped a shot on 11 and did not think that 6 under after 11 was that good. This of course changed a bit by the 5 under on the last 4 finish. I asked him if he felt he had been in the zone. He said “not really, it was like I wasn’t really aware of anything. All I kept focusing on was to hit the next shot close”. To me, that is a pretty good recipe to get into the zone!

The other thing Ross said which I have heard from other winning players before was that he almost pulled out of the tournament before it started. He said he had picked up a cold the week before (thanks to the fresh breeze at St Andrews one would expect!) and his preparation had been as bad as ever. He had gone to bed early every night and his only focus was to make it through the tournament. It is quite amazing what lowered expectations can do for your performance!

1 Response to “Laptop heaven”


  1. 1 Paul Schempp October 18, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Congratulations to both you and your player Peter. Interesting insight on how the cold made Ross restrict his activities, lower his expectations and focus only on his game. Thanks for sharing these insights.


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