With all the Tour players tucked away for the Holidays, it’s time for me to join them. The next PGA Tour event is the Hyundai Tournament of Champions from Maui and I’ll be back then to pick up this ongoing conversation about golf mastery and failure from the mouths of the players themselves. How do they do what they do and what went wrong when they fail?
The really good players who appear to be playing through their careers with their eyes and minds wide open seem to be the most willing to share the story behind their triumphs and failures. Somehow, they have managed to get their egos under control to the extent that they are little concerned with what others think of their performances; they know what they did or didn’t do, learned from it and are it peace with it. As the sun goes down on another Sunday, they are deep in the process of absorbing those lessons but they are always looking forward. “Triple on the first hole? Hey, I got 17 more holes to play!”
And after the news that after ten long years my book, “Generating Miracles: A Spiritual Adventure on the Champions Tour, will be published, I have a lot of holes to play too. And when it rains it pours. A chance meeting at a media meet-and-great for the LPGA’s Founders Cup — pretty sure that means they’re going to give me media credentials again this year — led a week later to a guest shot on the drive time daily golf show, For The Love of The Game, and a day later to co-hosting the entire show from the Schwab Cup here at Desert Mountain. And just this last week, the producer and director of the forthcoming documentary on the mental and spiritual aspects of the game, BE THE BALL – THE MOVIE, discovered that I’ve been writing daily about that very thing for over four years and want me to be in the movie.
I feel like these three milestones are leading me to the larger possibility I’ve always seen for myself and the things that have fueled my arduous efforts on the blog. There’s the book and the movie about the book. There’s the second book that tells the story about all of the everyday miracles that got me, on faith, from the end on my Champions Tour run to where I am today. There’s the possibility to do more radio and even television, speaking engagements, coaching and consulting, niche writing in the golf magazines and websites…well, you get the idea.
So that’s the 17 more holes I’m thinking about coming into the new year. My hope is that you have your 17 holes firmly in mind too and that we both triumphantly arrive at the visions we’re holding for ourselves…and soon.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. I’ll see you soon.