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#31 Mr_C

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 09:53 PM

We can agree on that
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Posted 19 January 2016 - 09:56 PM

OK mate, I said it was still an achievement but mads was spot on. He fell into it because the golfers that were better than him were out injured.

 

You know it's scored over two years of performances? Short term injury isn't a cause for losing the spot you should have.

 

And Tiger hasn't been back so by your argument everyone who has been number one since is only there because Tiger is injured!

 

As for Rory he was rubbish (relatively - for Rory) for a while after changing to Nike. Adam played better over the two years of games and deserved his ranking.


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 10:01 PM

I believe he was out for a good period of time possibly 3-6 months. It wasn't just an ankle sprain.

As to Tiger, yes. If his world didn't crumble around him he'd probably be still be number 1 or at least battling it out with the new gen. But we'll never know.
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Posted 19 January 2016 - 10:01 PM

Adam played better over the two years of games but didn't deserve his ranking because not that long before there were some other guys around who are probably better players than he is. Some of them are still around now.

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 10:03 PM

FTFY

 

Thanks for clarifying! :D


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 10:10 PM

As to Adam, yes. If the guys around him at the time had scored more ranking points they probably would have been world number 1 instead. But we'll never know.

Agreed, it's a toughy.
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Posted 19 January 2016 - 10:17 PM

I've always believed that Adam doesn't play enough, to be "match hardened".    I'm sure he prepares while not playing tournaments but he clearly likes to spend a lot of his time with his family and not play the majority of the season tourneys.    Good luck to him....as he is in a position to be able to afford to do that.....but IMHO.....if he played a bit more throughout the season he would be in better shape.

 

I'm sure it's a life balance thing.   

 

I'd like to know how many tourney's he lined up for last year, in comparison to most players??


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 10:21 PM

Agreed, he fell into it.


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 11:09 PM

I've always believed that Adam doesn't play enough, to be "match hardened".    I'm sure he prepares while not playing tournaments but he clearly likes to spend a lot of his time with his family and not play the majority of the season tourneys.    Good luck to him....as he is in a positions to be able to afford to do that.....but IMHO.....if he played a bit more throughout the season he would be in better shape.

 

I'm sure it's a life balance thing.   

 

I'd like to know how many tourney's he lined up for last year, in comparison to most players??

 

He used to play most of the season but has cut back in recent years - copying Tiger's approach in the hope he would be better focussed on the majors


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 11:35 PM

I get the 'win at all cost' mindset, but what's wrong with the Skip Kendall (and the like) approach. Not saying Skip wasn't out there to win, but I'm sure he, and a lot of others like him had their eye on gaining their spot inside the top 125 each year as opposed to getting that W. All about being comfortable in your own skin IMO.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:38 AM

I get the 'win at all cost' mindset, but what's wrong with the Skip Kendall (and the like) approach. Not saying Skip wasn't out there to win, but I'm sure he, and a lot of others like him had their eye on gaining their spot inside the top 125 each year as opposed to getting that W. All about being comfortable in your own skin IMO.

I hear you guys on Adam becoming #1 and yes its a big achievement on gaining that title, and he will go down as one of Australasia best.

 

Its a 2 year journey that rewards the most consistent over that time but as Matt said at the time he gained that spot he seemingly defaulted into the spot as the others came "abnormally down" the list due to injuries.

 

Tiger stayed No 1 for about a year even with being out with injury then time caught up with him.

 

Back to OP- if a person wants to become No 1 why not be prepared to play in an event to win but instead use the event as a warm up?

 

Im sure that tact would go over well with Cricket, Rugby and any other team we support!

 

If I was a sponsor of a player Id be pissed off that my invested money is not getting potetnial airtime due to the player not preparing accordingly and what's worse tell the media that was the case.

 

 

RE: Play for Top 125

The amount of money out there is ridiculous and in many cases we have "mediocre" players making a decent living just filling up the field each week. Yes many are learning the trade and gaining experience which I understand. But many are playing for Top 100 are happy with that. 

 
I guess most of us would be too!

 

PS: Do us spectators want to go watch people playing for 50th spot in each event?

 

 

FYI Here is a list of all No 1 https://en.wikipedia...ne_male_golfers


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 08:09 AM

On the other hand Rory 

http://www.golf.com/...-his-2016-debut

Rory McIlroy will make his 2016 debut when he tees it up at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Thursday. The last time we saw McIlroy was when he won the European Tour's DP World Tour Championship in November.

And McIlroy wants you to know he's ready -- at least according to his Instagram account. The world's third-ranked golfer posted three different times from the range over the weekend. The first post has a caption that reads: "My office for the past week. Got some great work done! Loving the new Trackman with dual radar too! Ready to start the 2016 season next week."

The other two posts are of his swing -- one of which is in slow motion. (And, surprise, surprise, it looks good.)

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 03:15 PM

Madam

 

Do you go to work every day and try/do your absolutely best, if not it is strange you should apply the same rationale to pro golfers.



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 03:18 PM

Anyone employed and being paid for their time should always work their absolute best. Anything else is theft.
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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:05 PM

Madam

 

Do you go to work every day and try/do your absolutely best, if not it is strange you should apply the same rationale to pro golfers.

This OP is about what it takes to be #1, so how are you expected to achieve this if you are not trying your hardest at all times. Wouldnt your sponsors expect this? (unless injured of course)

 

"Golf is a sport that pros play for a living (job) and golf is a "club and ball sport" in which you use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible".

 

Shouldnt the goal of playing the game be that you prepare yourself accordingly to achieve this?

 

I work for my clients and work to agreed outcomes in certain time frames. So am I working my hardest every single moment NO - but am I providing the best outcome in the agreed time YES.


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