ICYMI – August 2011

Another month has come and gone. As a monthly service to those who can’t visit the site every day, here are posts from last month that I think you wouldn’t have wanted to miss. It’s chronological from bottom to top.

Anger Is A Lot Like Love – In love, we begin by thinking that the other person is responsible for our love, our happiness. As we mature, we come to realize that we are responsible for those things. The same holds true for things that “make” us angry.

Hang Around Long Enough – Having graduated from the mini-tours to the PGA Tour this last year, William McGirt just squeaked into the 125th spot in the FedExCup standings for the playoffs. The mini-tours are a great training ground.

And So It Begins Again – There is a rhythm to a week at a PGA Tour tournament. There are duties, tasks and rituals that have to be gotten through. And the guy who can deal best with it is usually the winner.

Ryann O’Toole – Solheim Cup Captain, Rosie Jones, offered up a brilliant splash of creativity in selecting Ryann O’Toole as one of her two wildcard picks. This is a player with little experience, but with a competitive streak that won’t let her fail.

Jason Dufner – In the aftermath of any PGA Tour tournament, the spotlight is always on the winner. When Keegan Bradley was thrust into the limelight he so richly deserved, he cast quite a shadow over the guy he beat in the playoff, Jason Dufner. But I thought Dufner was such an interesting character, he deserved one last look before we move on.

The Irrepressible Human Spirit – The PGA Championship provided an ending for the ages and an object lesson in never underestimating the irrepressible human spirit. Ever.

Honoring The Possibility Of People – Three “unknown” guys played their hearts out Saturday to lead the PGA Championship, but some in the media weren’t too happy about it. Which, in its own way, was just as detrimental to them.

The Long Road To Mastery – The furor over Tiger Woods firing of his longtime caddie Steve Williams almost seemed to erupt into an international dispute. But it provided us with a great example of key principles of mastery process.

I Went For A Walk Today – Maybe it was the beauty of the desert golf course. Or maybe it was just the hot desert sun. But whatever it was, a solitary walk led to a nice affirmation about the living of life.

Transferable Tour Wisdom – In his interview at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, Darren Clarke gave us some golden nuggets that helped him to win this year’s British Open…and to be patient while he was waiting for it to happen.

Tiger’s Back! – But not everybody was happy to see him. A golf writer pens a resentful piece about Tiger’s kid-gloves pairing at Firestone with his good friend Darren Clarke.

Fairytales” – The captivating thing about professional golf is that it invariably serves up a fairytale ending. You just never know whose it will be.

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