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Stan Sutherland
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“In winning it 10½-9½, Great Britain & Ireland’s women amateurs not only ended a run of seven painful defeats at the hands of their American counterparts. They also produced a performance that ranks alongside the very best in team events over the years in the Royal & Ancient game.”

The Scotsman’s, Martin Dempster is reporting on the Curtis Cup event at Nairn and writes,  “The win means that the Curtis Cup has been added to the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup and Walker Cup in being held on this side of the Atlantic – the first time that has happened.”

Tegwen Matthews, the GB&I captain “described her feeling as “majestic” after seeing Great Britain & Ireland’s Curtis Cup campaign turn from tragedy to triumph.”
In typically tragic circumstances familiar to so many European teams when playing against the USA, the first day did not go well. After the first session GB & I were 3-0 down and Matthews jokingly said she felt like “slitting my wrists.”

Here’s hoping that the gutsy win will inspire those from GB&I playing in this week’s U.S. Open to  come out on top.

And while on the subject of the forthcoming event. Alan Shipnuck profiles Jason Dufner.
“Dufner’s peers know how dangerous he will be at Olympic. “He has everything you would want in a U.S. Open game,” says Jim Furyk, the 2003 Open champ. “He just plods along, keeps it in the fairway, makes pars and doesn’t get rattled.”

Doesn’t get rattled is a good way to go and Jason said, “To be honest I’ve been a little disappointed in the setup the last couple of years…I’d like to see longer, thicker rough. I want it to be as hard as possible. That takes half the field out of it right away because they’ll be bitching about it and already beaten mentally. I don’t care how hard it is, it’s not going to bother me.”

Alan Shipnuck provides a remarkable insight on someone who judging by appearances is simply out there and remembering to smell the roses along the way.
“But don’t be fooled by Dufner’s laconic ­demeanor—it’s not an accident that he is tearing up the PGA Tour. Some players are sneaky long. The Duf is sneaky smart. He is analytical and meticulous in his preparation, forever searching for an edge. A voracious reader, he has consumed biographies of everyone from Arnold Palmer to Abraham Lincoln, trying to understand, in his words, “how successful people are wired.” While his colleagues mindlessly bash range balls, a significant part of Dufner’s preparation is sitting quietly and replaying rounds in his head. He often imagines a different outcome for a particular shot, using methods cribbed from a book about the visualization techniques of Russian weightlifters. While playing a tournament in Dallas a few weeks ago, he sought out two-time U.S. Open champ Lee Trevino for advice. They spent a lot of time talking about equipment modifications that might be helpful for an Open setup at Olympic Club. Dufner promptly called Titleist and asked for a new three-metal with less loft.

Sneaky long and sneaky smart sounds like a good combination for success.

Here’s the link to Martin, and to Alan

Quote of the Day
“This is unbelievable, to be on a winning Curtis Cup team in Scotland is beyond my expectations.” - Pamela Pretswell, the only Scot in the GB&I team.
 

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