Golf is gentlemen’s game where strict (usually) adherence to etiquette. We always try our best to score low and close out match play rounds to the best of our abilities. There are times when we are the receiving end of a beat down, but there are a few instances where we are the players leading the pack. I often wonder in golf if there is ever a time where our play is so demoralizing to our opponents that they just throw in the towel early. In other words, we have opened a can of whoop…. and might seem disingenuous.
I have played a few events where I actually held back my game (match play only) because I was playing very well and my opponent not so much. I one instances I was up six after the front nine and closed my opponent out on the 12th hole. The match was not close and no matter what my competitor tried, it did not work out. This was an easy match and actually felt a bit of remorse because I played so well. Some would call my thinking crazy, but that is type of player I am. This particular event, I unintentionally opened a can of whoop…..
Due to my tendency to feel compassion for my competition (from time to time) I have found myself in a pickle during the odd match. I have taken my foot off of the throttle and then found myself in a tight match. I have not lost one of those, but I have tied one. My opponent was thrilled about the comeback and considered it a win. I guess in this case, I received the whooping down the stretch.
Fortunately, I have learned a lesson or two from my previous matches. The largest nugget is to not worry about the score or if my opponent is not playing the best to the ability. It is the nature of golf and I really should focus on my game and how I am playing on game day. Sometimes I the score will demonstrate that I opened a can of whoop…., but I can honestly say that I never intentionally try to run up the score, it just happens. As I move forward in competitions, I will let the score take take of itself and focus on my game. If that means closing an opponent out early in the match or winning a tournament by 14 strokes (real event) then so be it. I know my intent and it is never to make someone feel bad about playing golf.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!