Last weekend saw the beautiful Wentworth Golf Course at its very best during the BMW PGA Championship and whilst Luke Donald climbed back to the world number 1 spot with some sublime golf that churned out four sub 70 rounds, you would be forgiven for focusing on the back to back wins and fabulous golf played by Mr Donald.
There was however one other story you may not have heard about that really captured my imagination and gave me the motivation to write this particular blog, this came courtesy of former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie. After shooting a final round score of 81 (Montgomerie’s worst ever score at Wentworth) he came to the conclusion that his putting was to blame. Montgomerie the following day had a qualifying tournament at Walton Heath to try and qualify for the U.S Open at Olympic Club, San Francisco and Monty felt changes needed to be made in the putting department so action was taken.
Montgomerie got into his car and drove from Wentworth to Scotland on the Sunday afternoon to collect a different putter for the qualifying round the following morning. He had dinner with his family and made the return journey arriving at the qualifying tournament at around 6am on Monday morning. This story really captures the imagination and demonstrates the lengths golfers go to, to shoot good scores and promote the confidence needed to succeed.
This led me to think back and ask myself if I had done something similar during my career to instil some confidence to my game or change a bad run. The only real story I have is that when I was a young kid if I’d had a bad hole I have to admit I was guilty of a ball change or two between holes for no other reason than a bad score on a hole.
Id love to know what story’s you have that are maybe similar to Monty’s, things you have done to try and change your luck out on the golf course and the lengths you have gone to, to achieve this. There must be some crackers out there that you maybe look back on now and laugh so join in and share your stories by filling out the comment form below.