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Sunday, June 25, 2017

When It Starts Going Bad...

It's happened to all of us. We've got a good round going but something goes wrong. Suddenly it all goes spinning wildly out of control and all we can do is panic as the round goes to hell.

That's what happened to Dylan Perry in the finals of the British Amateur on Saturday. Although Harry Ellis played a steady back nine, Perry had roughly five chances to put Ellis away but simply couldn't do it.

Harry Ellis with British Amateur trophy

Here's the deal: When they stepped onto the 34th tee, Perry was three up with three to play. I couldn't find the scorecards online but, as best I can tell, Perry went bogey-bogey-bogey in regulation, then bogey-double to lose on the 38th hole. On those same holes Ellis made five pars... and walked away with the British Amateur trophy.

I'm not going to criticize Dylan Perry. As I said, we've all been there, and Perry is just 22 years old and was trying to become only the third Australian to ever win this title. I agree with Golf Digest's article when they said "...he handled what had to have been a tough defeat with a grace beyond his tender years." As Perry said (also quoted in Golfweek's article):
“I’m pretty bummed, but at the end of the day you’ve got to take the positives out of the week. I played well all day, and down the stretch that’s what pressure does to some people. It just wasn’t meant to be, but congratulations to Harry. He played well down the stretch so good on him.”
Hopefully he'll be able to put this behind him quickly and get some more positive results under his belt. Because even though he lost, a lot of players would have been thrilled just to be runner-up in the British Amateur.

When it starts going bad, sometimes you just suck it up and remember that life goes on. That's something we all need to remember.

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