Stephanie Wei is reporting on how, “Jason Day has a history of being rather stingy when it comes to conceding putts.” and Steph has other interesting observations on the pros and cons of match-play and whether or not to give gimmes,
Poults agrees putt out
“If any putt is not conceded, then I’m quite happy to hole it,” said Ian Poulter. “And if someone isn’t comfortable with that putt, then they’re obviously not comfortable for a given reason. So, if I’ve got a two-foot putt, I’m happy to finish. I couldn’t give a hoot if someone doesn’t give me a two-foot putt, because I’m not going to miss it. I shouldn’t miss it. So, therefore why should I be frustrated if somebody doesn’t give you that putt. Always expect to hole your putt.”
And then there’s Tiger
As we’re all aware, different strokes and strategies for different folk
“But you’ve got to watch who is a confrontational player and who isn’t, and kind of what their personality is. if you play Tiger pissed, he plays better. So there’s a lot of personality that you have to kind of manage just to see it’s obviously tough to really kind of see and understand what kind of player they are. But once you do then it’s different ways of treating the person to try and make them feel like they’re different.”
Sir Walter’s strategy
Walter Hagen also called; “The Haig” and “Sir Walter” is one of golf’s most colourful characters and was renowned for his gamesmanship and prowess at match-play.
In a four-year stretch from 1924-1927 when the PGA Championship was played by match-play, “Sir Walter” won 30 consecutive matches against the best of that era.
In the 1927 PGA Championship final against Al Espinosa “Sir Walter” conceded every putt under three feet until the 35th hole and then perhaps understandably because of lack of practice at the previously gimme range, Al missed it and “Sir Walter” went on to win.
Here’s the link to Stephanie
Quote of the Day
“There is no tragedy in missing a putt, no matter how short. All have erred in this respect.” – Walter Hagen