Brooks Koepka won the US Open at Shinnecock Hills NY. It was a tournament full of great golf, huge controversy, complete meltdowns, and everything in between! While many of the best golfers on the planet were moaning about 'unplayable' conditions, a multi Major winner, yes...Lefty Phil Mickleson, losing the plot on the 13th green, it's actually no surprise that someone like Brooks won; he is super calm. Having watched Brooks cut his teeth on the European Tour it was easy to see his control and calmness on the golf course was in abundance.
It's uncanny how often a player wins the same event twice. Actually, uncanny is not the word, 'belief' is the word, it's a Mindset! You only have to look at Tiger winning the The Arnold Palmer Invitational an incredible 8 times in 13 years, or the Bridgestone Invitational 8 times in 14 years. Steve Stricker won The John Deere Classic three years on the bounce and as hard as the US Open (and indeed ANY tournament to win) is, to defend your title is an outstanding achievement. It’s interesting to note Bubba Watson won the Traveller’s Tournament for the third time recently, despite England’s Paul Casey starting the final round with a 4 shot lead. That’s true belief from a master of visualisation!
Having won the US Open at Erin Hills 2017, Brooks was able to draw on his past experiences to see him over the line at Shinnecock. It's in these moments that your routines and processes look after you. If you don't have any, develop them with us at The Mind Zone.
Brooks clearly showed 'patience' in winning his second Major. This is something that will be required for this seasons third major, The Open at Carnoustie.
It is said, The Players Championship at Sawgrass is not won until the famous 'island green' 17th hole has been navigated in the 71st hole of the tournament. Well...you haven't won The Open at Carnoustie until you've played the 72nd! History suggests this and of course, confirms it also! Padraig Harrington finding the water but still winning in 2008, and the infamous Jean Van De Velde in 1999! (Google it).
One thing is for sure, The Open will be brilliant, it always is. The winner will require great golf, luck, a consistency of routine, processes and a trust of mindset.
The Open.... The BEST tournament in the world! Enjoy it!
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