Final Round Pressure

Those who embrace the unique stress of the PGA Championship find a way to win.

Released on 8/5/2015

Credits

Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Transcript

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Every major championship brings with it
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its own final round pressure.
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The PGA though,
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I think,
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is a little bit different.
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If you look at the winners of the PGA Championship
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in the last 10, 15 years,
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there's a sort of odd mix for guys who are not established,
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great pressure players.
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Rich Beem in 2002 was the quintessential golf journeyman
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to that point in his career.
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He's got the world number one Tiger Woods
00:36
chasing him down late,
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and Beem never faltered.
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2009 in Hazeltine,
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Y.E. Yang takes down Tiger Woods in the final round.
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Didn't show an ounce of the pressure getting to him,
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and he walked away with title as a result.
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With the PGA's place in the schedule,
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as the last major,
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there may be some sort of fatigue from a lead player.
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That's what was so impressive about Rory's win last year.
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Rory McIlroy at 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla
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was able to come through under immense pressure.
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His three previous major wins he'd been out in front,
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and he'd kind of cruised to victory;
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but this time he was really pushed.
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That victory was actually probably more impressive
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than the couple of blowout victories
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that we've seen from him.
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The guys who don't play well in majors
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or who just fall short every single time,
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they let the leaderboard control their games.
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They let external factors dictate
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how they're gonna approach their next shot.
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The guys who embrace the moment,
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who realize that they got into golf
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to be in these type of moments,
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and they don't reject it.
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They learn to love it.
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(upbeat music)
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