Winning – doesn’t happen in a straight line

Castellon Masters on the European Tour and an old winner is back again. Michael Jonzon last won in 1997 and was rapidly heading towards Q-school following this year after a season without much to call home about. But along came Sergio Garcia’s tournament, the last one Michael would get in to for the year and – Bam! He is a winner again.

Michael is not the first one, nor will he be the last one to go through something like this. One question that needs asking though is what happened between 1997 and 2009? Very few players that have just won would slow down or not want to go on to greater things. Quite common instead is that they try even harder and put more effort into their improvement. The big question though is whether they do the right thing.

Very often the quest for becoming a better player would involve some sort of technical intervention. Sometimes it is almost a complete re-design of the golf swing that has just won. The idea is obviously to come out on the other side, better than what you were going in. Does that happen? Sometimes perhaps. Is Michael Jonzon a better player 2009 than 1997? Quite possibly. Is he better than what he could have been with a different strategy? Well, there is the million dollar question!

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