"I knew if I mis-hit it, it was going to go straight in the water. 'He said, 'Hey, we can still make birdie going the conventional way.' I decided to hit an 8-iron out and hit a sand wedge."
The above is from the New Zealand Herald covering Lydia Ko’s second major victory and the headline reads “Golf: Ko credits caddie's sage advice”.
Vive la difference
Lydia’s wise choice of taking her caddie’s advice brought to mind something I wrote way back in February 02, 2012 in regards to the most famous final hole collapse in golf history, Frenchman Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie.
There’s no record of the dialogue between Jean and his caddie as to club selection for his second although from what I’ve recorded it appears he had already made up his mind.
The difference between Jean’s attitude and Lydia’s decision was the difference that made the difference.
I wrote in that February 2012 blog words taken from my book Life’s Lessons Frae the Links.
The second story involves Jean Van de Velde’s famous final-hole collapse at Carnoustie.
“If Jean had found, as could have been expected, a rugged rrrough lie he would’ve been forced to wedge it out on to the fairway and left himself a short iron to the green and still have some shots up his sleeve to win.
Instead to his everlasting credit, that’s only my opinion and not shared by Curtis Strange who said of Jean’s decision to hit a 2-iron, it was, “the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.”
As for Jean’s thoughts on the decision, he said, “I didn’t feel comfortable hitting a wedge. To me, it was against the spirit of the game. I’m going to hit a wedge, then another wedge, and then what? Three-putt from thirty-feet to win by one? Okay, fair enough I’d win by one, but what a way to finish!”
Neither man won their chance to win their respective Majors but I do believe Jean’s go-for-it attitude is the difference that makes the difference between winners, losers and those who can live with their decision to go for it."
The other side of the story
The other man referred to in my blog and book involves Chip Beck at the Masters and begins, “The first story involves Chip Beck at The Masters.
“Standing looking over the second shot to the 15th during the 1993 Masters we (Chip Beck and his caddy Steve Bender) had a decision to make. Go for the green in two shots or play it as a three-shotter?
You can read the full story by clicking on the link below and concludes with, “Beck decided to play safe and when Bender asked him why, he replied, “I didn’t want to mess my round up.”
Link to New Zealand Herald and my February 2012 blog
Quote of the Day
“Maybe I should have laid up. But there are worse things in life…It is a golf tournament. A game and I gave it my best shot.” – Jean Van de Velde