Max Homa came off the 18th green at Riviera on Sunday after missing a three foot putt to win and had to go to a play off with Tony Finau. He called his wife Lacey on his way to the first playoff hole and told her that he had choked.
She gave succinct advice. “Forgive Quickly”.
Homa is a rather self deprecating player, the words got through to him. He survived an adventurous playoff to win at the second hole. This included being almost stymied against a tree and having to hit a 50 degree wedge through thick kikuyu grass to get to the green.
It was an impressive show of mental resillience. It reminded me of Bernhard Langer in his prime overcoming putting yips and bouncing back from some terrible missrs. All the technique in the world, hard work and practice, if the attitude isn’t right it remains the missing piece.
Two simple words. We all need to forgive our misses in life and on the golf course, and forgive them quickly so we can recover and move on. Good advice for any golfer.