This is British Open week. It is one of my favorite weeks of life. I love the Majors in professional golf because the tournaments are so intense and meaningful to the players. In fact, I love golf. To me, it is one of the best sports on the planet. Some people say, “Oh, how can you love a sport where there is no real action?” The reality is golf is infinitely complex and quite spiritual.
Let’s discuss the complexity first. No matter how much you practice, the conditions always change. Some days, the wind blows, some days it sits down. In the same round the weather conditions can change several times. This is especially true on links style courses where the ocean meets the land. I played in Ireland in the middle of August several years ago. The conditions went from relatively warm and sunny to downright cold and blustery three or four times in the same round. I put on and took off rain gear more in that one week than I did at home in one year. Anybody who has ever seen Caddie Shack with Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Chevy Chase remembers the scene where the Reverin is playing the best round of his life in a giant thunderstorm and refuses the quit until he is struck by lightening!