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There were many interesting stories coming out of Augusta National last week during the playing of golf’s most prestigious tournament, the 2018 Masters.
Patrick Reed was the winner, with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth finishing 2nd and 3rd. However, it’s what Spieth said after his round that really surprised me. He said he played the entire day without ever looking at the scoreboard. He played for over 5 hours without knowing how anyone else was scoring, but himself.
This process is somewhat common in individual sports. Players this past week said over and over that they only focused on their own game and what they could control. No need worrying about the opponent.
In team sports the participants are constantly looking at the time and score. Strategy and game plans depend on those circumstances. However, professional golfers and others that play individual sports will tell you there’s no need to worry about the opponent and what they are doing. They will tell you to concentrate on the things that you can control, and don’t worry about the others!
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