|Golf's Rising Young Star Eclipses Veterans at U.S. Open|
On Sunday, June 21st at Chambers Bay golf course, on the eastern shores of Puget Sound in Washington State, Jordan Spieth claimed victory over many of the best golfers in the world, making this the second major championship he has won in the present calendar year. This is only the 16th time any PGA player has won both titles, and only the 6th time any player has secured them both in the same year. Since Spieth is a mere 21 years old, it seems likely that his future in the world of competitive golf is extraordinarily bright, and that before he's finished, he will own a great many more championships.
This victory, however, was nothing like the comparative walk in the park that the Masters Tournament victory was for him earlier this year in April. At that tournament, Spieth cruised to a 4-shot win over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose, but this U.S. Open was a nail-biter every step of the way on those last 18 holes. In the end, Spieth won the tournament by a single shot over South African Louis Oosthuizen and American Dustin Johnson, although over the last three dramatic finishing holes, any of the three players could have won the tournament.
Johnson began the day in the lead, but faltered with bogeys on holes 10, 11, and 13 before surging back with a birdie on 17. Spieth, playing in the group ahead of him, had just double-bogeyed the 17th to bring Johnson back into contention. Oosthuizen had already finished, carding his third straight torrid round at Chambers Bay, after an opening round 77 that ultimately proved to be his downfall.
Spieth had a chance for an eagle on the 18th, but missed the putt and settled for a birdie which put him back in the lead, after which he watched Johnson play the 18th from the media trailer. Johnson played two terrific shots to give himself an excellent chance for eagle, landing just 12 feet from the cup on the 18th green. After missing the eagle putt, he still had a 4-footer for birdie that would have tied Spieth for the lead and forced a playoff round on Monday. But inexplicably, he missed that short putt, giving the championship to Spieth outright, and in doing so, capping off one of the great finishes to a U.S. Open tournament.
Golf in the Western U.S.
Washington isn't the only state in the West to have some great golf courses. Anyone who resides in the San Diego area or is there visiting would be well advised to drop in and book a tee time at Riverwalk Golf Club. Riverwalk provides the absolute best San Diego golf experience, with great prices, great scenery, and great refreshments afterward.
Riverwalk is the San Diego golf course that consistently receives high marks from patrons who love its Mission Valley location, and its layout featuring 100 bunkers, along with mature stands of palm, oak, and eucalyptus. Riverwalk offers 27 holes which are ideal for tournaments, and sure to challenge all player levels from novice all the way up to San Diego pro golf.
|Improve Your Golf Game with Mindfulness|
In addition to learning the complex physical techniques that are needed to succeed at golf, surprisingly, a simple technique such as learning how to quiet the mind can significantly enhance your golf game as well. Below are some tips that can help you improve you performance while playing a game of golf.
Proper Attitude and Mindset
Having a mixture of the right attitude and the right state of mind can help enhance your golf game if implemented properly.
One way to enhance your game is by making sure that you are confident when you approach the golf course, then maintain it through out the duration of the game.
Having the right Attitude
Having the right attitude while on the course, requires a great level of mental discipline. Being calm and relaxed allows you to enhance your golf game, as a high degree of precision and concentration is required. However, if you approach the golf course and all sorts of thoughts start racing through your mind, it can result in mental clutter and anxiety that could stay with you throughout the remainder of the game.
Balancing the Mental (Quietness of the Mind) With Physical Technique