Aussie Rules

Australian, Geoff Ogilvy, jumped into the first round lead at the Tour Championship with a 4-under 66. This was not a surprise to me because, with one U.S. Open under his belt, this guy knows how to win the “big ones.” He is also a very instinctive player using Inner Game principles to “allow” himself to hit the shot he sees before him. 

Yesterday, he followed that up with a 67 to wind up one back of the lead. 

As a measure of his talent and ability to put the past behind him, his second-day scorecard looked like a calliope, a melodic up and down with 7 birdies and 4 bogeys. 

This morning, at 10:00 in Atlanta, he was interviewed on the range and admitted that he’d been up until 3:30 in the morning watching the Australian Rules Football Championship. (It ended in a draw, so they have to replay the game again next weekend.) Very exciting. And very little sleep before he had to get up to prepare for the round today. 

So from a mastery point of view, would he have been better off getting a good night’s sleep or was it a good thing, exciting or not, to have relaxed in an activity he cared very much about? 

But what about winning the $10 million, the notion of responsibility?

It will be interesting to watch. As this goes to press, he bogeyed the first hole and double-bogeyed the second. 

As to the Big Five who win the $10 million FedExCup if they win the Tour Championship, only two remain who have a chance: Paul Casey is T3 through the 3rd and Charlie Hoffman just birdied the 4th to join him. They are 4 back of the leaders with a day and a half to go. 

We’ll see what the day brings.

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2 Responses to Aussie Rules

  1. Barbara Moss says:

    From a mastery perspective, Bill, I don’t think it would matter much if he got a good night’s sleep or not. It’s a head game, regardless.

  2. Merrill Moss says:

    An important part of the head game is belief, and if you believe that getting a good night’s sleep is critical to your performance the next day, then that scenario will likely play out for you and your performance will suffer. And vice-versa–if you believe that a good night’s sleep is not important, it won’t be.