Rising star Patrick Reed: Confident or too cocky?

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By Shane O'Donoghue

Patrick Reed’s victory at the WGC Cadillac Championship was validation for sure. Validation in his golfing talent, proof of his own inner-belief mechanism and justification of the long and endless amount of work required to succeed at the highest levels of the game. The 23-year-old delivered the goods under an enormous spotlight in Florida on Sunday and he wasn’t shy about projecting his ambitions in public.

The Texan's post-round comments about seeing himself as a world top-five player can be misconstrued as arrogance, but they are also an indication of the strength in depth that is emerging among the Tiger generation and their bulletproof certainty about where they see themselves going in the game. The only difficulty with embracing Patrick Reed is that he comes across a little too cocky. This is a pity, because in this politically correct world, we are bombarded with false modesty. We have a problem with an athlete sounding too cocky. Tiger Woods, even in his heyday, never came across as irritatingly smug. He had burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion and won the Masters, by a record margin, within seven months of turning professional.

Reed is a different proposition, but we should take note of his achievements. He is the youngest person to ever win a World Golf Championship tournament. He’s notched three wins on the PGA Tour in the last 14 events, lifting him to 20th in the world rankings. At the Humana Challenge in January, he began with three rounds of 63 to blitz the field. He had Tiger Woods breathing down his neck with a round to go and he held tough for a wire-to-wire win against the strongest field in golf this year. We’re not used to such outward displays of self-confidence, but he’s great for the game. A proper talent who is delivering the goods - and he has yet to play in a major!

Confidence. It is the X-factor that separates the champions from the also-rans. Confidence to play the game at the highest level and confidence in your ability to make it happen are an absolute must in the professional golfer's DNA in this day and age. There is another confidence, which can often be misunderstood, and that is outward self-confidence. It can often be interpreted as boastful and superior. In some instances, it can come across as disrespectful. Regardless, if you don’t have inner belief, the world of professional sport can be an unforgiving place. Reed was a standout amateur for Augusta State University, and they won two NCAA championships. He makes his debut at Augusta in April, and one suspects that he will talk openly of his intention to make an impression. He already has. Source CNN

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From Sanya to Sanya, Thanks to Matt!

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It has been just a year now that we have started the programming of CaddiePlayer application. It all started in Sanya Tropical Holiday City on the Hainan Island in the China South Sea. After my putting research was publish in the Journal of Golf Science I was invited as a guest at Yalong Bay golf Course to launch my World Premier Putting Maser Classes .

As a foreigner in China you often end up in the local foreigner "Lo Vay" Bar and Sanya is no exception. So if you plan a trip to Sanya do not miss "The Dolphins" bar in Dadonghai area. They have great food, pool table and multiple Sports Screen with life music on the wkd. This is where I met Matt a Web Developer/Programmer from USA. Matt not only found a great spot to leave and work but also find his wife a Chinese Pro surfer.

Matt and I spend countless hours on defining what and how CaddiePlayer should work/be and thanks to his understanding and sense of IT, Golf and more Athletes stuff he could deliver what I had imagine. After 6 months of trial and testing we could officially launch CaddiePlayer in June 2013 and since witness many success.

CaddiePlayer community is growing well and more importantly successfully, currently 80 register, among them Top Players, Caddies, Coaches and not to forget Amateurs who make the game what it is. As CaddiePlayer is growing new demands are coming so I decided to make it back to Sanya and spend sometimes with Matt. We spotted about 50 improvements that was made possible and many more to come.

Yes it’s all about improvements, trying to do better all the time. Thanks to all for making CaddiePlayer what it is today!

Stéphane, the researcher this week at the Ladies World Championship in Mission Hills Haikou


Matt in front of his multiple screens to make mutliple tasks and build CaddiePlayer as it is today

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Loosing Sunday, Winning Monday!

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What a Sunday Golf it was... as simultaneously 3 players were trying to win there first PGA tour event, William McGirt on the PGATOUR leading by 2  after 54 holes, Emiliano Grillo on the European TOUR  leading by 2 after 54 holes and Karine Icher and the LPGA TOUR tie for the lead after 65 holes... They unfortunatly lost the tournament on Sunday (McGirt 73 tie for 6th, Grillo 73 tie for 5th and Icher 71 tie for 3rd) but might have won a lesson on Monday!

Here is one lesson they might learn: 'You need to lose before you can win', Rory McIlroy tells Adam Scott. FORMER world No 1 golfer Rory McIlroy has backed Adam Scott to bounce back fast from his British Open championship collapse, much in the same manner the Northern Irishman did.

McIlroy famously let a four-shot lead slip in the 2011 Masters with a final-round 80 but annihilated the field at the following US Open to win by eight shots. Scott looked certain to grab his first major championship when he led the British Open this month by four with four to play, only to close with four straight bogeys to lose to Ernie Els by a shot.

"You need to lose before you can win," McIlroy said in Ohio as he ironically looks to unseat Scott as the defending champion at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. "You need to learn how to handle that. I'm sure he knows what he's done wrong, and I'm sure that when he gets himself in that position again, that he'll do the right thing."

McIlroy sent Scott a text message immediately after the collapse, telling him to remain positive.

"I sort of felt like I knew how he was feeling," he said. "I just said to him, 'don't let the last four holes hide the fact that you played better than everyone else for the first 68'. "It's a tough loss . . . you think it's the only chance you're ever going to get, and your whole world came crashing down. But in reality, Adam is such a great player he is going to have plenty of chances to win major championships. "Former world No 1 and Scott's childhood idol Greg Norman agreed, saying the collapse will serve as a catalyst for future success. He said such collapses were commonplace in golf and it was only the enormity of the occasion that made his stand out.

"There is not a player on this planet who hasn't done that," Norman said in London. "When you put yourself up there in that upper echelon, you're going to get those things happening to you. Embrace them. Embrace the adversity of life and learn about how you can improve on them in any way you can." Source fromAAP


Grillo leading by 2 starting with a 9, and 43 front nine then back nine 30  finishing with 5 birdies in a row! 



Emiliano Grillo second at 25th Dubai Desert Classic

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I do not have the word to describe my current feelings as for what just happen this week in Dubai Desert Classic 25th anniversary its just a unbelievable but true story and a amazing achievement for Emiliano Grillio  but also for CaddiePlayer and my putting research.

After only 3 weeks of introducing the CaddiePlayer application to Emiliano Grillo entourage (Thanks to his girl friend Maria for connecting and more) + some personal input/advice/suggestions on putting. Emiliano Grillo after a brilliant last round 66 thanks to the shot of the day, a 20 meters putt for eagle on the last hole of the Dubai Desert Classic 25th anniversary (Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllory in the field), brought Emiliano as the club house leader until he was caught by defending champion Gallacher who birdie  17th to win his consecutive Desert Classic.

This is Emiliano best achievement to date as a Pro and for my science/findings another success! 

As I had to fligh to Shanghai on Saturday I followed the last intense stretch of Emiliano in front of my mobile phone! Thanks to the European Tour Mobile Application and congratulations to Emiliano Grillio second place that propulse him from 119th to 17th at the race to Dubai and from 268 to 145 at the world ranking! > listen to Emiliano Interview




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