What a major Monday we got yesterday!
Did you enjoy watching the US Women’s Open the past few days? I certainly did.
It wasn’t enough drama with Sunday’s round being cancelled due to bad weather but we also got a final day that was filled with excitement until the very last hole. Not until then did we know that A Lim Kim had won the 75th US Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Texas.
And the way that she did it! Finishing birdie-birdie-birdie to win her first major, in her first appearance at the US Women’s Open. Extremely impressive and and absolutely well-deserving of the win, although I was also impressed by many of the other players who had the chance to capture the title until the very end, such as Amy Olson, Jin Young Ko, and Hinako Shibuno, to name a few.
As I’ve said so many times before, there is always so much to takeaway from watching professional golf tournaments and this week was no exception. Two of my biggest takeaways from watching the ladies this week was definitely the importance of having the right attitude, and a skilled short game.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a positive and locked in mindset on the golf course. Just look at the different situations that they were faced with this week at Champions Golf Club. They played two different courses during the first two days and Cypress Creek, which they played three of the four rounds on, is an especially demanding and challenging course. On top of that, bad weather and varying temperatures led to unexpected and changing conditions, that some of the players managed to adapt better to than others. At the end of the day, I think these past few days showed the importance of being able to handle the unpredictable and knowing how to stay focused and keep your composure until you’ve hit the last putt on the 18th hole.
If you know me, you know how important I think that putting is and I’m sure most of you would agree with me. I feel like watching the ladies these past few days, once again, served as a great reminder of just what a difference the short game makes. Especially with the greens at Cypress Creek being so big. Also, as the weather and the conditions changed, and the course became softer and played longer, those who did best were the players who managed to capitalize on birdie opportunities and scramble around the greens. Hitting the ball far off the tee is great and all but I really think championships are settled on the putting green.
More than anything, watching this year’s US Women’s Open has made me even more excited to get back to working on my own game, and I doubt I’m the only one feeling that way. Based on my takeaways this week I think you can guess where you’ll find me next… working on my short game skills.