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How Jim Furyk Lost the 2012 U.S. Open


   Jun 19

How Jim Furyk Lost the 2012 U.S. Open

I was absolutely amazed by JIm Furyk’s surprising collapse in the final round of the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco. What happened?

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Jim Furyk’s dedication to golf

Jim Furyk’s discipline for continual improvement, constant practice and his long-time focus golf fitness has been a model for many players over the years. His dedication and work ethic has given rise to his nickname, “the grinder.”

How Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open

Webb Simpson came from behind and won the U.S. Open with superb play in round 4. His winning score was +1. Webb started round 4 tied for 8th place. He slipped and made bogies on the 1st and 3rd holes, but overcame them with birdies on 6, 7, 8 and 10. He shot par on each of the final nine holes in difficult conditions.

How Jim Furyk lost the U.S. Open

Jim Furyk, on the other hand, began round 4 tied for 1st. But he couldn’t make a birdie all day, and kept dropping shots with bogies on 6, 13, 16 and 18.

The long par-5 16th hole was particularly disappointing. Usually that hole plays 670 yards long. But on Sunday, officials used a much shorter tee cutting about 100 yards off the length of this challenging hole.

But they apparently didn’t tell the players ahead of time, so Jim and the others had to make adjustments on the spot. Since the fairway bends to the left, Jim apparently tried to hit a draw with his fairway wood. I think he was a bit indecisive in his swing and instead of a draw, he hit a duck hook into the woods. In a short fit of apparent loss of cool, he dropped his club. He closed out the 16th hole with a bogie — a huge disappointment.

As the holes wore on, Jim apparently tried harder and harder. He seemed to me to be more tense than I’ve ever seen recently. After all, on this day Jim was 42 years, 1 month and 5 days old — among the older played in the Open — and this was his chance to win his second major. (He won the U.S. Open in 2003.)

He was so close. But it was not to be.

The Mental Game of Golf

In the end I believe Jim’s mental game is what let him down. He kept looking forward rather than focusing on the moment.

I may be wrong; Jim’s discipline is such that he rarely shows emotion.

Many believe that the mental game is 50% of the game of golf — and that the physical game accounts for only 50%.

Unless your mental game is on, you’re unlikely to play your best.

Dr. Joseph Parent, Zen Golf author and PurePoint Golf Mental Game Instructor and co-lead in Swing Keys DVD, says in Zen Golf that:

“The best responses (to your golf shot) are those that reinforce successes and help you learn from your mistakes without getting down on yourself.”

Parent recommends a Zen Golf post-shot routine that will help “recognize and undo negativity and self-sabotage.”

Another way of saying this is — don’t let your emotions take over and cloud your thinking.

That’s why Bobby Eldridge and Dr. Parent at PurePoint Golf prepared the Swing Keys DVD — to show how to integrate the mental and physical parts of golf into a winning combination.

Let Swing Keys be your guide to developing your mental game. You’ll find that you’ll waste fewer strokes, feel better about yourself, and your game, and maybe even play your best golf.

Golf is 50% mental – How to develop your mental game

Be positive. Play golf and have fun,
John Janson

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