Tough day at the office

Imagine you are having a bit of a tough time at work. Perhaps the year has not gone as you hoped for and perhaps you have been a bit out of form. At work your boss has come up with the brilliant idea to produce a ranking of the employees and towards the bottom of this list, just where the boss thinks the number of employees in the company for next year is about right, there is a cut line. Rank below this and you will have to compete for your place in the company with a number of hopefuls that have just come out of university. If these are the facts you face then your employer is probably the European Tour or the PGA Tour (or perhaps the Ladies European or the LPGA tour).

When Ross McGowan (below) won his maiden victory on the European Tour his England team mate from the 2006 World Amateur, Oliver Fisher, made a bit of a mover back towards his old good form. Oliver has had a tough year and in his third year on tour he currently sits just below that dreaded cut line. Another good week last week, when Lee Westwood so handsomely won out in Portugal, lifted him to 125 on the ranking list and now the rest is completely up to him. One more tournament to go in Spain before the tour heads out east and Oliver may not get another start after that. One of the challenges in golf is that it is very difficult to forecast what you need to do. In a lot of other sports you would know that winning would give you three points and unless the team you are chasing don’t do the same you are catching up. In golf there are 150 players in the field, everyone is after a share of the purse and hence you more or less need to be a mathematician to understand what you need to do. Or perhaps that is a good thing. All you can focus on is what you can do yourself. Stick your head down and do it!

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