There can be little playing difference when it comes to the twenty top ranked golfers in the world, especially when it comes down to match play.
On any given day, on any different layout, any player can win or lose.
But, why then did Europe run away with it in Paris – winning by 17.5 to 10.5?
What was the difference between the teams this time around?
Most golfing pundits have put it down to American individual egos playing havoc within a team environment
With years of experience at the Ryder Cup, USA captain Jim Furyk knows this all too well, yet he selected players who have long track records of crossing the line.
Phil Mickelson was chosen to play just a few months after telling the golfing world that he is allowed to break the golfing rules at the 2018 US OPEN – openly displaying very poor golfing sportsmanship.
Patrick Reed believing he has the right to choose his playing partners at a Ryder Cup, slamming into his captain for not pairing himself with Jordan Spieth.
Tiger Woods, whether injured or not, failing to embrace the spectacular team experience of a Ryder Cup, failing to embrace the Parisian crowd at Le Golf National – and finally blaming himself for the USA failure
What’s more, is that only one US golfer, Justin Thomas, took time out to travel and play the same course at The French Open earlier this year – and he became their top performer in France.
These are select examples as to why Europe romped to victory this year.
And it’s more than just inflated golfing egos driving their failure.
Upfront in sport, as in life:
MINDSET MATTERS MOST
Your chosen mindset can be either your greatest partner in success, or your most destructive partner in self-sabotage. Your mindset, habits, and internal dialogue are potent determinants of winning or losing.
Choose wisely as there is ZERO middle ground when it comes to mindset.
VICTOR OR VICTIM?
Underlying the USA defeat was a prevailing ‘victim mindset’ amongst far too many of their chosen players.
On the European team, it was about embracing a ‘victor’s mindset’ – even when they found themselves 3-1 down on the opening morning.
One’s best-made plans in life will prove meaningless unless they are backed by the right mindset.
Congratulations Thomas Bjorn.
Well done for your bold team selections – selecting the right team players – selecting the right mindsets.
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