Shot of the day
Will Gray at the Golf Channel describing what he labelled the, "Shot of the day" And it sure was but was it truly a great shot? Or was it in the luck of the Irish(man) in him that really achieved Rory's excellent result?
Things sort of fall your way
Reading about Rory's shot as described by another Irishman, Brian Keogh I'd have to say that Rory got lucky.
Brian writes, "The ball flight was probably around 30 feet lower than I [Rory] intended. And the line of the shot was probably around 15 yards left of where I intended. It was lucky, it really was. You need a little bit of luck in major championships to win and that was my lucky break. I didn't hit a very good shot there but it worked out well and I made eagle from it.
"So, yeah, you know, things can go your way and it seems like whenever you're on a run of form like I am, things sort of fall your way, and it seemed to today."
Origin of the, "Luck of the Irish"
I'd always thought it was their connections with the little people, the leprechauns that leveraged their good luck but not so. According to Angela Tung over at mentalfloss.com
"During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. . . .Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression 'luck of the Irish."
The Luck Factor
The question for us who are not of Irish origin is can we somehow learn to attract luck?
Quite coincidentally I recently reread The Luck Factor: The Four Essential Principles by Dr Richard Wiseman
Dr Wiseman undertook a ten-year study of the subject and as the book title suggests there are four essential principles involved in attracting luck and perhaps we might like to apply them while playing golf.
The following is my wording of Wiseman's wisdom and my thoughts apropos golf
1. "Believe that you are lucky" - Forget about your bad shots and give some thought to your previous lucky shots
2. "Become more intuitive; trust your gut feel" - Throw away your GPS device and go with your get feel
3. "Expect good fortune" - Need I quote Gary Player here? "The more I practice the luckier…"
4. "Ability to transform bad luck into good luck" - Now that's a toughie. However in seeking a solution I thought of Sir Walter Hagen aka "The Haig" who just happened to enjoy bad breaks like finding himself with a blind shot from behind a tree. However he got so good at this kind thing he developed a good attitude and got lucky more often than his professional peers.
Here's the links to Will Gray at the Golf Channel
Brian Keogh and Angela Tung
Link of the Day
Go see another Irishman, Darren Clark playing what's described as, "The luckiest golf shot ever" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1CKesTyTpI