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Can A Player Peak For The Masters?

As players prepare their schedules for the run-up to the Masters, what does it take to peak at a major? Golf Digest's Jaime Diaz, Tim Rosaforte and 2014 Fedex Champion Billy Horschel discuss how to garner momentum leading up to the Masters at Augusta National.

Released on 3/13/2017

Transcript

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I think this whole idea
00:01
about peaking for majors
00:02
and using a run-up to tournaments to be ready,
00:06
I'm not even sure it's not a myth.
00:07
That became a big thing with Tiger
00:09
and he wanted to get his game in the right shape
00:11
and have some momentum.
00:12
You don't want to try to get to a major championship,
00:14
whether it's the Masters or the other three
00:16
and try to find your game on a driving range
00:18
during practice rounds.
00:19
No better example of that than Tiger Woods 2001,
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coming in, trying to complete the Tiger Slam.
00:25
He wins Bay Hill, then he wins the Player's Championship,
00:28
and then shows up and closes out
00:31
the Grand Slam.
00:32
I want to win.
00:33
Give me the wins before Augusta,
00:34
that gives me more momentum,
00:36
gives me more confidence going into it.
00:38
Well, it can work both ways.
00:39
You think of Bubba Watson,
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two green jacket titles.
00:41
He played well going into Augusta
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in both of those cases,
00:44
but then you look at Charles Schwartzel in 2011
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really didn't have much on his record
00:49
going into Augusta that would give him
00:51
a big confidence boost,
00:53
and then all of the sudden,
00:54
he closes with those four straight birdies
00:55
to win the green jacket.
00:57
I think the reality is
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that in golf
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no matter how good you are,
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the game is different every day,
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and because of that,
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I'm not so sure,
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other than just practicing and trying to be
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in some kind of a groove,
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you can ever predict how you're gonna play,
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and we've seen so many players
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try to peak and be ready,
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and go and play poorly,
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and maybe sometimes it's overthinking,
01:19
but a lot of times it's maybe just the luck of the draw.
01:21
I didn't have it,
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and so I think the real mark of a great player
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is taking whatever that day gives him
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and somehow finding a way
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to make a score.
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