The Presidents Cup: The Winning Match Play Formula

Golf Digest and Golf World editors discuss the unique formula that makes for a successful match play player and partner.

Released on 9/29/2015

Credits

Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Produced by Emoticon Productions

Transcript

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A great match-play player, you know, just has
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that killer attitude, he never gets complacent.
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If he's three up, he's not gonna think,
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OK, I've got this, he's gonna think
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how can I get to four up, how can I get to five up?
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Great match-play player is someone who
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realizes that you have the entire round
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to establish who the winner is, and that you
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don't get too carried away one way or the other.
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A straight-up match-play competitor
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is just grit, you know, it's just treating golf
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as a real one-on-one sport,
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which is unlike stroke-play.
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It's about being, kind of, a competitor, and really wanting
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to take down the person that you're playing against.
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Best match-play partner is a guy
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who makes his partner feel like he's got an angel
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on his shoulder, that you have a
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little bit of a security blanket there.
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That there's someone at your side
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who believes in you.
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It's not really about mixing and matching
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playing skills, it's about matching personalities.
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I think if you enjoy playing with someone,
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you're gonna play better.
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Sometimes I think you need a really unwavering
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disposition, someone like Jim Furyk,
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who can play with Tiger, he can play with Phil.
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Look at Phil Mickelson,
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look at Jim Furyk, it's sort of surprising
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because these fellas really haven't
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been really good over in the Ryder Cup,
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but in the President's Cup, they're spectacular.
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You know, when they're given a young guy,
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like Charlie Howell, or Keegan Bradley,
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they always seem to take them under their wing,
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and almost become like a, you know,
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an uncle who loves them very much.
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