What makes a champion? Is it heart, talent, preparation or a combination of all of these? Why do some break through to astonishing levels of athletic success and performance while others seem to have to fight to just get a glimpse of it?
Dustin Johnson's heartbreaking three-putt on the final hole of the U.S. Open to lose the championship to Jordan Spieth and finish second illustrates this exact point. He was over 96 percent successful in making putts inside of five feet before that fatal moment. Clearly him missing his four-footer for birdie and a tie had nothing to with physical ability or talent. He's made hundreds of these. What this grand moment really revealed was a deeper issue or limit coming to the surface. Hopefully for him a great learning experience for success yet to come. On the other hand, Jordan Spieth finished with a needed birdie that gave him a one-shot lead. There are simply some athletes or teams who rise to the moment and embrace it, and some, no matter how bad they want it, who simply aren't ready yet for a certain level of success.
The search for a formula to consistent winning has been a quest for many athletes and teams around the globe for years. What is the magic to putting it all together?Read More