Pressure on Tour

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By admin May 17, 2015 18:13

Pressure on Tour

 

GOLF AS I SEE IT

Pressure on Tour

by John Cook

 

GolfNews Publisher Dan Poppers asked me if being a professional on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour level generates much pressure to excel, such as living up to expectations of family and friends. For me, the pressure is self-generated and not from outside sources.

 

You go from the beginning level on to higher levels to the highest level. I’ve won some tournaments as a junior and you get used to that. I won some tournaments in college and as an amateur and you get used to that. Your family and friends get used to that.

 

Now, all of a sudden you’re with the greatest players in the world. It’s different. I adjusted a heck of a lot quicker than a lot of people that I knew. Right away I realized I was not going to win eight and ten times a year as I was doing as an amateur. I was learning this game, the professional game, which is completely different than what people think it is compared to the college game or amateur golf.

 

The professional game is different in many ways. When I was on the PGA Tour, I played 30 to 35 events a year. You have to be at your peak every week because you have to win a certain amount of dollars to support your family. Your stroke average is irrelevant, or how well you play, or how good a swing you have. You have to win.

 

They put numbers on you now. They put numbers on you to be in the top 125; they put numbers on you to be in the top 60, in the top 25, top 30, to get into this, to get into that. That’s the difference. You have to be peaked 25 to 30 times a year.

 

As far as pressures from family, they are concerned, they want you to do well. I have accepted the fact that golf on Tour is difficult. I’m doing the best I can but I’m also trying to be John. I’m not trying to be somebody else. I think that is important. And something for all of us to think about. No matter how much success you have or lack there of, no matter how others might think of you, be yourself.

 

As long as I know I’m doing everything I can to be better than I am now, then I’m okay. If I start listening to outside pressures, they mean very well but they don’t sweat and grind and hit balls and try to be everything that a Tour player is trying to be. The rigors of Tour competition is often misunderstood by those that don’t live it.

 

Champions Tour player John Cook, winner of 23 combined tournaments on the PGA and Champions Tours, has career earnings of over $24 million.

 

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