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Golf: Just One Of Seven

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“I expect to make at least seven mistakes each round. Therefore, when I make a bad shot I don’t worry about it. It’s just one of seven,” Walter Hagen as quoted by Grantland Rice who as a matter of fact witnessed Hagen make nineteen mistakes in one round in a North and South Open at Pinehurst and afterwards wrote, “He finished with a 71, ultimately winning the tournament. A mistake meant nothing to him. Neither did defeat.”

For sure it’s seven
As the fortunate recipient of a monthly newsletter I was pleased to note that a recent copy contained much about my favourite golf personality, Walter (The Haig) Hagen.
There were several numbers quoted in the context of, “just one of seven”.
Dear editor Ken the number is actually 7.
And by the way should you ever publish the quote, “Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” Which has been variously attributed to the likes of Ben Hogan please be aware that it’s an abbreviated version of The Haig’s, “You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”

The Match of the Century

Bobby Jones a contemporary of The Haigh also had his thoughts on staying focused when he wrote,
“The shopworn admonition to forget the last shot and play the one in hand was meant to apply as much to the good ones as to the bad. It’s just as important to forget the 3’s as the 6’s.”

Michael Fitzpatrick tells an interesting story, “Bobby Jones vs. Walter Hagen: The Match That Changed the Course of History” where Hagen would promote, "The Match of the Century;" a 72-hole exhibition match between himself (Hagen) and Jones who was was somewhat short of cash at the time.
Suffice to say the match ended with Jones suffering an embarrassing 12-and-11 defeat at the hands of golf’s first true professional.

Link to Michael Fitzpatrick

Quote of the Day
“My dear, did you ever stop to think what a wonderful bunker you would make?” - Walter Hagen


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