Ocean tides come and go, just like our golf games.
One minute you could be playing the game of your life and the next you are thinking you could have been enjoying a beer with your friends, instead of playing a torturous round.
You are most likely not a golfer if you chose the backyard shindig.
We golfers are a different breed. We chase the shot of our lives, and when they do happen, the surge of adrenaline releases testosterone and dopamine across the core of the human body.
“WINNING INCREASES THE DOPAMINE-RECEPTORS IN THE BRAIN, WHICH MAKES YOU SMARTER AND MORE BOLD” – IAN H. ROBERTSON
I remember my first win on the Golf Channel Amateur Tour; it was the biggest rush of my life. The win was the first time that I accomplished something without the help of others. It was just me, the course, and my playoff opponent. I was on cloud nine for days following.
The 2016 Ryder Cup was a complete justification of this entire thought process.
Rory Mcilroy and Patrick Reed were men possessed. The way they competed was like two Roman gladiators in the Colosseum - to the death. Shot after shot was better than the last.
People don't seem to care much for Patrick Reed, but after this weekend he was deemed "Captain America" after his exemplary performance. To take on Rory, arguably the best player on the planet, and win is next level. We won't be seeing the last of Patrick Reed. He is now living up to his self-proclaimed "I am a top five player in the world" comment. He currently sits at #8, which is still impressive.
They say that success leaves clues, and if you look into his college career, Reed left plenty of solid clues for his current success. I imagine that he will be on the Ryder Cup Team well into the future, much like the chip master, Phil Mickelson. Both equally exciting to watch. Good for golf, good for ratings.
Cheers to the cup being back on home soil.
Golf, the tide we ride.