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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

Martin Kaymer makes the headlines at Lawrence Donegan’s Golf Blog, ‘Martin Kaymer proves nice guys do come first’

On the matter of Mr Nice Guy overtaking Lee Westwood as the world’s number one Lawrence writes.

"To be honest, the No1 is still too far away for me to even think about it," he (Martin) said last night. "I will try to play well every week and see what happens. If it doesn't, then I hope I will have a chance in a few years."

The humility was genuine and, as Westwood noted, it will serve him well ("This game can bite you back if you get ahead of yourself," the Englishman said) but it might have been misplaced.’ 

Maybe Martin’s got it right by remaining Mr Nice Guy in spite of the fierce competition on the world golf stage however the expression, “Nice guys finish last” attributed to baseball manager Leo Durocher does come to mind.

And upon reading that Martin took it rather well he didn’t actually win the event in Dubai. The words of Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers rang in my ears. “Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”

Quite coincidentally after reading Lawrence’s blog, I turned to Connell Barrett’s interview with Brandel Chamblee which I’ll discuss in more detail in my next post.

Suffice to say at this stage, Brandel will never get branded as “Mr Nice Guy” by many Pro Tour golfers.

Connell writes, ‘Brandel Chamblee wasn't on his high school debate team. "Heck, I grew up on a debate team," says the Irving, Texas, native. "I'm one of six very opinionated children. I like to stir the pot." Pot-stirring is what the former Tour winner, 48, does best as a Golf Channel analyst, a post he's held since 2004.’

Connell asks Brandel a question and receives an answer which contains a very interesting comment in the context of Mr Nice Guy vis a vis the tougher stance of American sports’ coaches.

‘You're a big fan of Johnny Miller's shoot-from-the-hip broadcast style. What's your take on Nick Faldo, the lead analyst for CBS and Golf Channel?

Brandel replies, ‘Nick is very good in the booth, but I think he uses too many crutches as a broadcaster. How many times does he say "Crumbs" or "He missed that by fractions"? As a player, Faldo was selfish and arrogant — and I don't mean that as an insult. You need to have a selfish arrogance to be great. Nick could try to show more selfishness in the booth. He could take chances. I think he suffers at CBS because there's so much talent around him: Jim Nantz, Peter Kostis, David Feherty — they're all great. In my opinion, Nick too often describes the action — he explains what, but the viewers want to know why.’

‘You need to have a selfish arrogance to be great.’

Now there’s a thought for guys and gals who’d like to become maybe not a great, but at least good golfer.

Here’s the link to Lawrence and Connell 

Quote of the day from someone who, as far as I’m aware, was never called “Mr Nice Guy” but gained such fame he was always respectfully addressed as “Mr. Hogan”

“I play with friends, but we don’t play friendly games.”

- Mr. Ben Hogan

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Stan

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