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Golf is unlike any other game or sport. It hasn’t been viewed under the best of circumstances since late last year and yet it prevailed in unprecedented fashion at The Masters. The feel good story that many interested fans were anticipating didn’t happen; yet an even better one emerged. No one saw it coming until it happened. While the Daily Pulse and Web Street Golf Report focus on the business side of the game with its reporting, it isn’t always just about dollars and cents.
The game attracts people from all walks of life and industries. Many become passionate about it, where others don’t see the attraction. The pyramid of influence, the professional circuits, represents many facets to the sport and typically the Monday story is dominated about the victor. People love winners and more often than not that is what gets reported. However, it is only one of many stories that could be written. Here is one that won’t get the coverage it deserves; yet it helps to explain why the game stands in a class of its own.
Lee Westwood gave it his best, but finished second at Augusta National. It was his best showing ever at The Masters and it would be pretty easy to be disappointed with the outcome. Nevertheless, only minutes after starting to accept defeat, the Englishman shared some words of encouragement from the man who stood between him and victory.
“Phil was just saying in the scoring hut after we had finished that he'd been that man kept knocking on the door, finishing seconds and thirds and wonder if,” Westwood shared. “ He says, ‘I've been playing some of the best golf out of anybody recently,’ and just to keep plugging away and eventually it will happen.”
Clearly, Mickelson didn’t have to say anything to him, especially since it was an emotional victory. But those are the kind of things that happen in golf versus any other sport. Westwood, like Mickelson, has experienced difficult times, yet he was able to maintain his perspective despite the disappointment he had to be feeling. “I can appreciate what it's like to play better than most people,” he said. “So when I'm playing like this and I am contending for major championships, I feel like a lucky man sometimes.” Those words don’t often appear from someone who is classified as the runner up. “Whenever you come as close as I've come, there's a tinge of disappointment, but that doesn't last too long,” he added.
“Phil being the champion he is hit some great shots coming down the stretch there; his 9-iron into 13, and his second shot into 13 was incredible, and then just played solid coming in,” Westwood added. “You know, he's been through hard times recently and he deserves a break or two.”
Wins are what people remember the most in part since it’s preserved by history. Westwood showed he too is a winner despite coming up short in his bid for a green jacket. Many times it’s about wins and losses or in business about making money. But you can’t measure intangibles and Westwood proved he has more than what it takes to get the job done. One day his turn will come.