The struggle of one-time major winners

Being a one-time major winner isn't easy. Golf Digest senior writer Jamie Diaz discusses the challenges players face after winning their first major.

Released on 6/6/2017

Transcript

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I mean, there's been about 45 guys who've only won
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one major, and out of those, there's probably
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about seven or eight who you go,
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that guy should have won more than one major.
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What happens is that player feels now he has to race
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to a new standard, one that isn't natural to him.
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There's expectations that he's putting on himself,
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there's pressure from family and sponsors and everybody
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to live up to this new thing, and it becomes a negative.
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Tom Weiskopf, he had a lot of Sundays where he
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was in contention, the only one in '73 at Troom.
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Davis Love, another player who was in the hunt a lot.
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Fred Couples was there a lot.
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Tom Kite was there quite a bit.
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You know, those guys may have put more pressure
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on themselves, but I think it also points
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to how hard it is to win majors.
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A lot of things have to go right,
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and I would say if there's one thing in common
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with all those guys, none of them were great putters.
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In particular, Weiskopf, Davis Love, and Couples
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were really impressive ball strikers,
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but if you're not making a lot of putts,
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you will get beaten by the guy
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who's hot with a putter that week.
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Those guys won tournaments, but they didn't win
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probably as much as they should have won anyway,
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regardless of majors.
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Dustin Johnson, 2016 at Oakmont, Sergio Garcia, 2017
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at the Masters.
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Those guys both were among the players everybody said,
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best player never to have won a major.
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Now they've won one, but what's gonna happen.
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Dustin Johnson is 32, that's very early,
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his prime's ahead of him.
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He is not a great putter.
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He doesn't win tournaments by seven or eight shots.
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He wins tournaments by a close margin.
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You start doing that in majors, and it might fall your way
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and it might not.
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If he doesn't win another major, I won't be shocked.
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If he wins four more, I won't be shocked.
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Now, Sergio Garcia is 37 years old.
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So, Sergio's fighting history a little bit.
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And he's also found, I think, another gear mentally.
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He was definitely a guy who got in his own way.
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I still think the putter will hold him back
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from, you know, winning in a dominating fashion.
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So, that's gonna be Sergio's challenge
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is those close margins, will he be able to capitalize
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when he gets a chance?
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He hadn't done it until the Masters.
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It's never gonna be easy, but I think it's gonna get
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easier for those two guys.
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They're not gonna have the panic reaction,
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they're gonna have more the positive reaction.
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The glass is definitely half full for both those guys.
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