Confidence is key2009-10-02 Carnoustie showed a nicer side today with no wind and no rain. The weather forecast couldn't have been more wrong as they forecasted heavy rain all day. I started a bit slow with no real chances for birdies. I was pleased with even par for the first nine holes. I wasn't hitting the ball good and Marco van Basten looked over at me and told me to have confidence in my game. Confidence is the most important thing, he added. As he is my idol, I listened to him and tried to just swing with confidence. Went on a run from then on with four birdies in a row and Marco was happy with me as a teammate again:) Finished with pars in for a 4 under 68 which I'm very happy with. Improved my putting from yesterday by 10 putts.
Marco van Basten is the most humble superstar I've ever met. Haven't met many superstars but seen them on tv. He is a little shy and makes everyone around him feel great. I asked him how he felt after making all those incredible goals in his career and he just said that those things just happen! It's kind of like when somebody makes a hole-in-one. It just happens, he added. It's seems like he doesn't put himself up on a pedestal and I like that.
Confidence is something he said he got later in his career. He started playing with older boys and had to outsmart them on the pitch when he wasn't as big as they were. I've always struggled with my confidence on the course. Always believed in myself and dreamt big but I've had many doubts and I still do. For example today, I was really unsure of myself on the course and only after making those birdies, I could play freely without much doubt. Marco said that always believe in yourself, no matter how bad you are performing. Easier said than done, but you can learn to do it I guess.
Tomorrow's forecast is high winds gusting up to 60 mph. If that's true, we can't play golf. Hope it's not that windy. I like wind, but not when the balls roll of the greens. We are playing at St:Andrews tomorrow and we'll see how that goes.
Sleep well and see you later!