Handle Pressure, Win Games

How you handle pressure often determines how well you compete.

Interesting little bit here from Golf World about a July tournament. Two golfers, two very different approaches to pressure.

Carrying the expectations of a nation, he stepped onto the first tee in the first round, felt his pulse race, his hands shake and watched as his tee shot with an iron inexplicably tumbled out-of-bounds. He went on to quadruple-bogey the hole, made triple at the last and shot a stunning 79…..

“I guess the pressure’s off a little bit,” McIlroy said. “You’ve had a bad week, and you go to the next week and you say, ‘OK, I didn’t do this well.’ So you’re sort of trying to focus on that rather than winning the tournament.

Compared to Koepka

Over the last two years, no one has been better in big moments. At one point, Koepka won four of seven majors he played, which included this year’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. In the year’s other three majors, he finished T-2 (Masters), second (U.S. Open) and fourth (the Open)…..

“Every time I tee it up, I feel like I have a chance to make some history,” he said. “It’s a neat place to be. I’m playing some incredible golf right now. It’s fun. I’m enjoying it while it lasts.”


“It will be a fun day tomorrow,” Koepka said. “There’s a lot, I guess, on the line and a lot to play for.”

Especially for McIlroy.

Solving pressure is a big key to success. Perhaps how you frame the opportunity is crucial.

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