Monday, December 11, 2006

Bernhard Langer and Marcel Siem win World Golf Championships in Barbados

We referred previously at SportPundit to the World Golf Championships in Barbados and seeing as how we play our golf in Germany and thus were rooting for the German team, this apparently brought luck to two time Masters champion and now 49-year old Bernhard Langer and his 26-year old teammate Marcel Siem, as they won the tournament on the first hole of a playoff with Scotland, represented by the team of Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren. The US team of Stewart Cink and J.J. Henry finished in a tie for fifth three strokes back. (Final Scores and Earnings)

This is definitely the kind of victory that will give golf in Germany an extra boost.

We were particularly pleased to hear the German secret for winning as reported by AP sports writer Tim Reynolds in Yahoo.

Prior to the last round, Langer had told his young teammate:

"No pressure...we're here for fun."

In a day and age of pressure to win (just think of Tiger Woods, where anything less than winning is regarded as a defeat - which is really pushing it), where many golf courses pressure the players to finish rounds in a predetermined period of time, and where many players are forced to ride golf buggies rather than to walk - which is half the sport - it is refreshing to hear Langer's attitude that golf is a sport which should primarily be FUN and enjoyable. And that from one of the best golfers in the world. Bravo.

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