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  • Writer's pictureDel Chatterson

Golf is Cruel

Chunk one in the water, or a putt bumps off line and you LOSE! Not sure you feel better if you got beat by a 59. On Sunday, Stuart Appleby came from way behind and had the round of his life to walk away with the championship.

Sometimes it's hard to accept, but golf like business and life in general, is not fair. You don't always get the results you deserve. Sometimes the good shots end up bad and the bad shots end up good. The wrong guy often wins. Our heroes sometimes disappoint us.

My son and I played on the weekend and learned some of those lessons (again). As did Fred Couples and Jeff Overton. (No, neither of us shot a 59, but the other stuff, yes.)

We were reminded of that great stress relief phrase coined by life coach and motivator, Rock Thomas, "What's Good about This." For example: "What's good about this unlucky bounce off a rake and into the foorprint in a sand trap is .... that I get to make a great sand save!"

Making the most of our setbacks just makes the eventual success even more satisfying.

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