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The lure of golf


It is a game of eternal frustration. Sergio Garcia misses a 6 foot putt on the 18th hole that would have won his first Masters and first Major.  6 feet!  He missed by two inches and was forced to pursue his dream in a playoff with Justin Rose. I have made a 6 foot putt.  In fact, I have made hundreds of 6 foot putts.  This is why golf is so fun.  Sometimes we make the shots that the pros can't even make.  Never mind that I miss most of my 6 foot putts and frankly, most of my putts regardless of distance never threaten the hole.


You get more chances!  Sergio eventually won the playoff and is now the 2017 Master's Champion. He has the green jacket on his back instead of the failure he carried for so many similar challenges.  I love getting another chance. In fact, typically if you succeed on another chance, the victory of that effort is all you remember.  How sweet is that?


There is a strategy to golf. Within the rules, one has to use the tools of the game to score the lowest round possible across 18 holes.  Sometimes, it goes poorly at the beginning and ends well.  Sometimes the only saving grace is the few good shots that are executed in an otherwise disastrous round.  Oh well. There are more chances to get it right.  The game always offers that lure.


Legal challenges can be like golf. The key is to finish strong and strive for a great outcome based on the conditions.  Golf is played in rain and wind. Sand traps and water beckon the reckless shot and even serve as a magnet for pretty good shots that just fall short.  I have learned to take it shot by shot- but with an overall strategy of "there will be ups and downs" and I when I get to the 19th hole, I hope I can say to myself and others "well played."

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