Major overload

Last time when I wrote about it being a Major week my good friend whose name happens to be Major commented that every week is. As I look to this week and the PGA Championship I almost feel like he is right. Another Major is on the door step!

Last week the WGC at Akron, Ohio, was played and even I feel like I can’t keep up with all the golf that is being played. And I have to say that it feels like all events end up in a bit of a mud where yes, the keen golfers follow and are interested in who is winning but few will remember Adam Scott’s great win last week for that long. I wonder if even the Majors nowadays have the same historic strength where the Champions will live forever? Four of them in a year is quite many, no matter how special they are. And in the women’s game they felt the best way forward was to add one more!

Perhaps five Majors in a year proves to be successful and maybe I don’t know what I am talking about. I just feel that we could help ourselves a bit more by getting more focused. In the amateur game this is more than true. When the calendar was re-arranged a couple of years ago I am afraid things went from bad to worse. Many top amateurs in Europe choose to go to the US to study at college. Because of this most tournament organisers wish to have their event in the window when players come back for the summer. And boy have they succeeded! From May until now there is not a gap to be found. Players are wasted by early July if not before and when they come into the Home Internationals this week one can only hope that there can be some ignition from the team and excitement of the format that will get them to rise to the occasion.

And in fact, quite a few of our players chose not to play last week to be fresh for this week. It was just unfortunate that week had to be the one of the European Championships! Another Major week that is…

3 Responses to “Major overload”

  1. 1 Dr Nova August 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I produced 2 Majors in 5 years, enough I would say (or lagom)!

  2. 2 Magnus Grankvist August 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Great reflection!! The individual European Amateur Championship was just some time moved back one or two weeks to get the best possible field. Sometimes less is more…

  3. 3 Paul Schempp August 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Peter: Greetings from the PGA Championship. Perhaps you are right about too many majors, but things are shaping up interestingly here in hot, humid Atlanta. Unlike our days as coaches when you and I patrolled the fairways looking after our Swedish players, my duties here are more related to my work revising the PGA of America teaching curriculum. That doesn’t mean I didn’t fall back to old habits and check out the Swedes who are here. Curiosity also drove me to look in on Tiger. It wasn’t pretty. A swing that at one time represented a cumulative collection of coordinated body movements resulting in a powerful and purposeful golf swing now looks more like a spasmodic reaction from a man who only wants to inflict pain on a golf ball. Not pretty, and clearly not functional. Having watched Tiger be the last man on the practice tee on tournament days (ok, only if Niclas Fasth or Padraig were not at the tournament), I wondered if he would be there today. So at the end of the afternoon I wandered over to the practice area. No Tiger. Truthfully, I was surprised. He is 7 over. Clearly work needs to be done. There were, however, 6 players there. 3 were European–and of those 3, 2 were Swedes: Fredrik Andersson Hed and Alex Noren. Freddy Jacobson was still on the course (and I couldn’t help following him for a few holes–old habits), as was Robert Karlsson. Was I surprised to find Swedes hard at work late in the day? No, not really. Peter, you know better than I, a great deal of the success any golfer experiences comes from the quality and quantity of their practice. It was rewarding to see our former players still doing what it takes to be the best they could be. I thought of you, my friend, because as their one time coach that is what you always asked of them: give it your best effort. Coach, your influence lives on, and it is alive at this major championship. Congratulations on making a difference Peter.

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